GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today it has been awarded the Risk Management and Patient Safety Best Practices Award for 2014 by Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI).
The award recognizes the many efforts taken at North Shore-LIJ facilities to reduce patients’ central-line infections. Many intensive care units in the health system have not had this kind of infection for more than six months, and Huntington Hospital’s ICU; LIJ Medical Center’s surgical ICU; Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) north site’s cardiac care unit and pediatric ICU; and SIUH south site’s CCU and ICU have not had one of those infections for three years.
These infections were reduced by creating a set of uniform hygiene standards and other protocols that can be consistently applied as well as by giving caregivers the tools to reduce infections, explained Donna Armellino, RN, North Shore-LIJ vice president of infection prevention. Some things that have helped reduce infections include using electronic health records; involving patients in healthcare decisions; increasing situational awareness among medical professionals and staff members and using national guidelines.
“This is a team effort by everyone at all of the facilities and it reflects North Shore-LIJ’s culture of continuous, thoughtful care,” said Mark Jarrett, MD, North Shore-LIJ senior vice president and chief quality officer.
PRI is a liability insurance provider for health facilities and physicians based in Roslyn.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with over 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of about 48,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.