Infection rates in the intensive care units of the 11 HHC hospitals are down for the third year in a row and have dramatically dropped thanks to an aggressive patient safety agenda to reduce preventable deaths and unnecessary hospital stays.
A new electronic medication reconciliation system, MedRecon, is helping Kings County Hospital to reduce medication errors, including adverse drug interactions between drugs patients take at home and those prescribed in the hospital.
While shopping at a craft store, Jacqueline Juele-Schuster spotted an unlikely tool and perfect solution to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia for patients at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility -- green tape.
Seydou Sow first came to Harlem Hospital to translate for a couple from his native Ivory Coast of Africa who were having a baby. Sow is now one of HHC's skilled interpreters, improving safety and patient care for the growing community of immigrant New Yorkers.