Winona Health earns patient safety excellence award

Winona has earned a Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Patient Safety Excellence Award for its safe practices in the Surgery Department.

Winona Health participated in a voluntary MHA SAFE ACCOUNT initiative to ensure prevention of retained objects during surgical procedures.

The SAFE ACCOUNT initiative involves Minnesota teams working collectively to implement an extensive list of recommended actions concerning both the counting of and accounting for all items used during invasive procedures, especially in the operating room. The recommended actions are compiled in the SAFE ACCOUNT Roadmap to Preventing Retained Objects in the O.R. The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award is given to facilities that have achieved implementation of more than 90 percent of the recommended actions.

“The entire Surgery Department staff is involved in implementing the best practice guidelines,” said Sara Gabrick, Service Line Leader of Surgical Services/Specialty Care at Winona Health. “Patient safety is our highest priority, and each surgical case requires constant, diligent focus on every detail of a procedure. Our staff has an excellent process in place to ensure safety.”

MHA Patient Safety Vice President Tania Daniels said, “Hospitals that receive these awards are to be commended — the bar is set very high.”

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