Best Hospitals … Best Odds for Survival

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A recent article in the Gainesville Times (written by Debbie Gilbert,
dgilbert@gainesvilletimes.com) found that, “Patients admitted to the
nation’s top-rated hospitals, a category that includes Northeast Georgia
Medical Center, have a 27 percent lower chance of dying during their
stay.”

The article discuses the factors that lead to higher survival odds at our
nation’s top hospitals.  Lynda Adams, Director of Performance Improvement
at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, mentions several factors that
contribute to better survival rates.  These factors include:
* Having a team in place to look for people who are deteriorating and taking
action.  This to avoid a “Code Blue.”
* Having medications bar-coded and scanned to make sure they match the
code on the patient’s wristband.
* Implementing of a new initiative called “Condition H.” If the patient
or a family member notices something wrong, they can dial “HELP” on their
phone anytime of day or night.

For the full article:

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/article/14174/

Edward Leigh, MA, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Healthcare
Communication.  To book one of his high-content communication skills programs, visit or call:
http://www.CommunicatingWithPatients.com or call 1-800-677-3256

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