Teamwork Has Brought About Exciting, Sometimes Life-Saving, Results

March 9, 2009

“The First Assessment Safe Team (FAST) is a rapid response team that implemented protocols to begin  treating a patient immediately if a nurse felt he or she was beginning to exhibit the signs of a stroke. It was developed to keep hospital patients from losing their window of opportunity for treatment if they have a stroke. Any floor nurse who becomes concerned about a patient can call the FAST team, which can then initiate steps even when it is not possible to reach the patient’s physicians right away.

By getting all the pieces in place, such as a CAT scan and blood tests, the doctors can take action more  quickly to halt the progress of the stroke and do everything possible to reverse the symptoms.”
Joyce Conner, RN, CCRN
Weekend Clinical Supervisor of
Critical Care Services

“The Surgical Care Improvement Team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, pre-op and post-op nurses, equipment experts and other professionals. Our goal is to make sure all safety procedures are followed and
that the necessary equipment is available and organized prior to each surgery. We review records on a regular basis and if a problem is found, it is addressed quickly. The team has been proactive in developing protocols and standing orders have been enacted to enhance safety and efficiency.”
Julie Hutchinson, MD
Floyd Memorial Board Certified General Surgeon

“The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee is a multidisciplinary team that includes Tim Pence, Pharm D,  Director of Pharmacy, a number of other Pharmacists, our lab director, nursing manager, members of  administration and several physicians. Recent projects have included rewriting the protocols for IV feedings
based on patient weight, the development of insulin protocols and of diabetic protocols prior to surgery. We have also put a pharmacist on each unit during the daytime, allowing nurses to ask questions and get  immediate feedback, leading to better care for our patients. Another program we developed provides for
pharmacists to review patient charts and include notes for physicians. For example, they will warn the doctor of drug dose interactions, note that a certain drug may need modification based on liver or kidney function, or may suggest changing from IV to oral administration. I really like working on this team because I’m always learning something and I can see that the results of what we do translate into better patient care.”
David Dresner, MD
Board Certified Gastroenterologist
Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana

“The members of the Myocardial Infarction Team, including cardiologists and emergency room doctors, developed a program that assists us in identifying someone having a heart attack at the first possible point in their visit. We then developed a protocol for notifying the Cardiac Cath Lab and the interventional  cardiologists immediately. That means that while the Emergency Center is preparing the patient and gathering vital test results, the Cath Lab is already setting up to perform the angioplasty so that we can get the patient’s blocked artery open and stop the heart attack while it’s still in progress.”
Steven R. Pahner, MD
Board Certified Emergency Medicine Specialist
Floyd Memorial Vice Chief of Staff