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September 14, 2007

MAURY REGIONAL HOSPITAL IS AWARDED FOR ADVANCING PATIENT SAFETY

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) was recently a recipient of the Tennesseans Improving Patient Safety (TIPS) Award from the state’s Department of Health for its implementation of a rapid response team. The team, called the Critical Assessment Team (CAT), has significantly decreased the number of cardiopulmonary arrests since its inception at the hospital.

“We are very proud of the success our rapid response team has had,” said Deborah Lumpkins, administrative director of cardiopulmonary services at MRH. “This award reflects of our continued dedication to the health and safety of our patients.”

The purpose of the CAT is to detect signs of distress before a patient's health deteriorates to the point of cardiopulmonary arrest. The team consists of an experienced critical care nurse and a respiratory therapist.

The implementation of the CAT at MRH began in 2005 with a committee of medical and nursing staff, risk management personnel, respiratory therapists and staff educators. This committee reviewed cardiopulmonary arrest data and decided a rapid response team could positively impact patients throughout the hospital. Studies have shown implementing such a team decreases overall cardiopulmonary arrests outside of a critical care setting, thus reducing mortality.

According to Ginger Earnest, critical care nurse manager, the dedication of the hospital staff has been essential. “The CAT members have done an excellent job of embracing the rapid response team concepts and implementing them at Maury Regional,” said Earnest. “This has been a very successful initiative in patient safety.”

The TIPS Awards, given annually, recognize health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes in Tennessee. Maury Regional Hospital was one of the 2007 recipients of the award and this is the second time in three years that the hospital has been recognized for its patient safety initiatives by TIPS.

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