Quality Initiatives

The quality of care that is provided to each patient is very important and that is why Shore Medical Center is committed to always delivering the highest quality of care to all of our patients. We are continuously working to improve current processes in order to reach that high level of quality care.

Shore continuously monitors the quality of care delivered by the healthcare professional at the hospital. Several Initiatives have been developed in order to decrease the number or preventable mistakes. Front line staff along with managers and executives are working on initiatives that help to ensure that each patient is getting the highest quality of care and safety.

Falls:

  • Falls are one of the most common incidents that occur in a hospital setting and often lead to injuries. The goal is to make sure clinicians understand the risk of falls, identify which patients have the higher risk, and take steps to reduce the patients risk.
    • Hourly Rounding: RN’s round hourly to make sure patients are ok and to assist with anything a patients may need.
    • Falling Star program: If the patient is a fall risk they are given yellow socks, a yellow ID band, a yellow sign is placed above their bed, and a yellow falling star on their door in order to indicate that they are a fall risk.
    • No Passing Zone: ALL personnel (non-clinical & clinical) must respond to a call light or bed/chair alarm when near a patient room.
    • Educate the patient and their care givers  about the risk of falling and to encourage them to call for assistance before getting out of bed

CAUTI: 

  • Our Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) initiative is only a small piece of our Infection Prevention mission.
  • CAUTI’s are among the most common types of healthcare-associated infection, resulting in harm to patients, longer hospital stays, and added health care costs.
  • SMC is working to prevent CAUIT’s by not applying  urinary catheters in patients when they are not medically necessary and removing them as soon as possible.

Medication Errors: 

  • SMC is working hard to prevent medication errors by utilizing electronic scanning to scan a patients ID band and their medications prior to administration.
  • The hospital has also instituted Computer Provider Order Entry(CPOE) which is used to cross check allergies and medications. CPOE ensures that a Pharmacists reviews all medication orders prior to administration of the drug. CPOE provides alerts like:
    • Alert Drug-to-Drug Interaction
    • Alert Drug-to-Drug Interaction
    • Alert Drug-to-Allergy
    • Alert for duplication of drugs