Quality Counts

June 01, 2013

Against the backdrop of healthcare reform, words like quality and transparency have never been more important. At Providence Health & Services, Southern California, we have embraced them for more than 70 years.

Laurence Eason, MD, FCCP, regional chief medical officer for Providence Health & Services, Southern California, offers these snapshots of how we keep patients safe and improve outcomes:

  • Surgical safety checklist: “This involves a pause before every surgery where everyone in the room stops and reviews the patient, the surgery and their role in the room. This is used 100 percent of the time,” he says.
  • MEWS: The Medical Early Warning System assesses patients’ vital signs and alerts nurses to significant changes over time. “We can be aware earlier of changing conditions. It shows trends that a busy nurse might not recognize over one or two shifts.”
  • Coordinated efforts: Our teams’ work to reduce internal bleeding, sepsis, hospital-acquired infections an