Daily Buzz: 3/9/17

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Today at Sibley

·Johns Hopkins Medicine Town Meeting Simulcast from noon to 1 p.m. in Building A, Floor 2, Conference Room 5
·Employee Engagement Survey Table from noon to 1 p.m. in Building C, Floor G, Windows Café
·CIZE from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Building D, Floor 1, Ren 2

Today’s TJC Tidbit

The Joint Commission (TJC) will be visiting Sibley. To help
everyone prepare, we will be featuring a daily tip here.

Tips with Pics
Clean supplies shouldn’t be stored in biohazard bags.



Ask Chip Q&A

Question: Currently, patients are boarding daily in the Emergency Department (ED) for over 12 hours while waiting to be placed in a bed upstairs. This is causing overburdening of the ED staff and is unsafe, as ED nurses are caring for critically ill patients while taking care of four other patients. What is the plan regarding throughput for patients coming from the ED being admitted to the hospital?

Answer: Thanks for your question and for your concern over the well-being and care of our patients. Throughput and patient flow is a challenge for many acute care hospitals in the United States, and Sibley Memorial Hospital is no exception. It’s a complex issue impacted by many factors, including inpatient census, operating room cases, discharges, transfers, patient acuity levels and others. Of course, throughout this process, ensuring patient safety remains our top priority. We are, however, trying to effectively address this issue. For example, we monitor the average length of stay in our ED on a daily basis. Currently, it is 5.5 to 6 hours (from arrival in the ED to departure to their admitting unit). We also have established a multi-disciplinary patient flow improvement team to identify and implement best practices regarding throughput. In the near future, a dedicated space for a command center equipped with technology and communication devices will be deployed to improve further throughput and patient flow at Sibley.

Thanks again for your question. In the meantime, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions on improving patient throughput at Sibley.

Have a question? Ask Chip.

Life Before and After Bariatric Surgery with Katherine Lamond, M.D., and Jamie McCormick, R.N.

Weight loss surgery does not guarantee weight loss. Rather, it’s a powerful tool that patients may use to help lose weight and improve their health. Katherine Lamond, M.D., M.S., FACS, medical director of the Sibley Center for Weight Loss Surgery, and Jamie McCormick, R.N., Sibley nurse and bariatric patient, sat down with Good Morning Washington’s Julie Wright to share their experiences. Watch the full interview here.

To learn more about Sibley’s weight loss options, visit SibleyWeightLoss.com.

12 Days of Employee Engagement

TJ Tomlinson, nurse manager, ED, Karen Pregnall, R.N., ED, and Jen Abele, M.D., medical director, ED, care about you and your opinions during this engagement season. They made “12 Days of Engagement” to encourage you to use your voice and complete your employee engagement survey. View the video here.

Sibley Calendar

Employee Engagement Survey Table

Please visit the human resources engagement activities table during the survey period for snacks, giveaways and to enter drawings to win prizes.

When: Monday through Thursday, from noon to 1 p.m.

Windows Café

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Click here for the list of activities.

Clinical Associate Group Meeting

When: Friday, March 10, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Building B, Floor G, education and training classroom

Gastric Balloon Weight Loss Seminar

When: Saturday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Building A, Floor 1, Conference Room1

Registration is required. Click here or call 202-370-6565.

New Patient Surgical Weight Loss Seminar

When: Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Building A, Floor 1, Conference Room1

Registration is required. Click here or call 202-370-6565.

Nurses Week Awards

Voting closes Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

Nurse Preceptor Award
Nurse Innovation Award
Novice Nurse Award
DAISY Nurse Leader Award
CARE Award

Wellness Calendar

Click here to view the March Wellness Calendar.

Martha’s Table
Tuesday, April 4, 1:45 to 5:45 p.m.; sign up by Friday, March 31

Click here to sign up.

Avon 39 Walk Volunteer Opportunity

When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7

Click here for more information.


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