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Patient Safety Fair

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Patient Safety Fair

CONTACT: Michelle Aliprantis, Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications and Interim Regional Director over Suburban Community Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital (215) 785-9817

East Norriton, PA (October 31, 2019)- Suburban Community Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute care hospital held their yearly Patient Safety Fair as a fun but important way to remind staff and students to keep patient safety as top priority, and to provide education for new advances in technology. Each department presented posters on various topics focusing on Safety Education, Falls Prevention, Allied Health, and other various topics.

Students from the Allied Services Department at Central Montco Technical High School, in Plymouth Meeting created a mock patient room of errors to raise awareness of medical violations that could lead to serious results.

“Patient safety is our main priority and we want to help our employees and students keep up with the latest industry trends, regulatory updates, and innovations, so we can continue to improve our programs,” said Donna Lorenz, MSHCM, BSN, RNBC, PI Director.

One of the detailed presentation was created by students from the Allied Services Department at Centeral Montco Technical High School. They staged a “manikin” patient that was placed on a hospital bed suffering from many such errors. For example, the “manikin” had two arm bands with different names. His oxygen tubing was not connected. The med rates were wrong.

One student observed the “manikin” patient and found 12 medical errors. Another student said that nurses had 90 seconds to come up with as many errors as possible. “There were easily more than 20 errors, and students on the units found the majority,” said allied health instructor and HOSA adviser, Connie Price.

The activities and displays described above are just a few of the many that comprised this year’s fair, all with a focus on keeping our patients safe.

“Thanks to Donna, who led the effort, and the many others who worked so hard to pull together another successful fair,” said Mary McKay, RN,MS, CPHQ, CSHA, Accreditation & Licensure Division II.

About Suburban Community Hospital- Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.