TAMC, SBHC medical staff put focus on safety

| March 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Isabela Silva (left), Department of Nursing, TAMC, learns first-hand how being intoxicated affects motor skills while attempting to drive a  go-kart while wearing “drunk goggles.”

Pfc. Isabela Silva (left), Department of Nursing, TAMC, learns first-hand how being intoxicated affects motor skills while attempting to drive a go-kart while wearing “drunk goggles.”

Stephanie Rush
Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Soldiers and civilians employees at Tripler Army Medical Center and Schofield Barracks met for a Soldier and patient safety stand-down, here, Feb. 17.

Per the Army’s patient safety regulation, patient safety programs are in place at each military medical treatment facility, or MTF, according to the U.S. Army Medical Department.

The Safety Stand-Down Day shared information among staff members and helped augment safety programs already in place at MTFs.

Patient safety topics discussed included pharmacy rules and regulations, medication safety, trauma assessment for nonlicensed staff and other general safety issues, such as dealing with an active shooter or infant abduction.

An employee or expert in the field presented each topic, helping to reinforce the safe care each area aspires to provide. When patients know the staff treating them are confident and can handle different situations, they feel safer.

“It’s important to hold events like this because they allow us to be all on the same page,” said Justin Jenks, triage and Red Team floor nurse, Family Practice Clinic, Schofield Barracks Health Clinic. “We know what issues are being experienced and are reminded how important it is to report issues. We are in an atmosphere that seeks to prevent safety issues.”

Soldiers weren’t left out of the day’s events. Soldiers from TAMC’s Troop Command listened to guest speakers, watched demonstrations and often took the reins themselves, learning firsthand about personal safety, such as preventing and stopping fires. They also received refresher information about the importance of never driving while intoxicated, and about sexual assault awareness and prevention.

“I really enjoyed the stand-down, especially the fire safety and Army Substance Abuse Program portions,” said Spc. Alexis-Michelle Duran, administrative clerk, Company A, Troop Command. “The fact that everything was hands-on … and we learned exactly how fire extinguishers work … was very helpful.

“The presentation on alcohol was really informative,” Duran continued. “The presentation taught me a lot of things I didn’t know, like just how much alcohol is in different types of mixed drinks and why a Long Island iced tea typically affects someone completely differently than a soda mixed with just one type of alcohol.”

This patient safety stand-down was the second held at TAMC and SBHC.

Safety Stand-Down Day

See more photos from the stand-down event at www.flickr.com/TriplerAMC.

 

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