H1N1 Non-vaccinated Medical Staff Update
The recent mask requirement for non-vaccinated physicians, employees
and volunteers has been suspended due to the steady decline in the number of possible
H1N1 flu cases.
This does not alter the requirements for known or suspected H1N1
patients. The suspension of masks may be reinstituted at any time should there be
an increase of H1N1 flu activity. Please direct questions to Steve Streed, System
Director, Epidemiology/Infection Prevention at 343-5645.
LMHS Launches Major Patient Safety Campaign
Improving patient safety is the No. 1
priority for the health system. In order to access the
current culture of patient safety at LMHS, Craig Clapper and
his team with HPI recently interviewed more than 700
employees and physicians regarding patient safety.
Craig has spent some time these past few weeks presenting
his findings to Physician Leadership, as well as LMHS
To view Craig's presentation on a DVD,
please call Brad Pollins, System Director of Organizational
Effectiveness, at 242-6280.
Proper Hand Hygiene Is Key!
LMHS has recently launched a
system-wide hand hygiene initiative to ensure proper hand
washing and patient safety. Make sure to wash your
hands upon entering and exiting a patient's room.
Proper hand washing is 100 percent
necessary if we are to continue fighting illness and
infection within our hospitals.
Over the past year LMHS has strategically launched a hand
washing campaign throughout the health system. You may have
even noticed the black and white hand washing dispensers
being installed in the hospitals. These convenient
dispensers allow our patients and caregivers to have clean
hands all throughout the day and night.
Our Infection Control team is working extremely hard to make
sure each employee and physician washes his or her hands
before entering and upon exiting a patientís room. We
must work together over the coming year as a team to tackle
the hand washing challenge.