Lucas County Health Center Chief Operations Officer Lori Johnson gave the Quality report for LCHC for June at the LCHC Board of Trustees’ meeting Tuesday night.

Johnson reported that there were two transfers of AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction-heart attack) patients at LCHC in June and the average transfer time of the patients was 25 minutes, which was much quicker than the 80-90 minutes it takes at times to transfer AMI patients to Des Moines.

One transfer took 26 minutes and the other took 24 minutes. “This was a huge improvement from what we had been running. It’s pretty amazing that the transfer time was that low,” Johnson said.

There was one patient fall at LCHC in June and Johnson said it had been seven days since the last patient fall. There were two medication errors at LCHC in June and it had been six days since the last medication error occurred at LCHC.

There was one patient readmission at LCHC in June as well. In order to prevent readmissions, the LCHC Medical Clinic is going to cut down the number of days they call back patients after they’re discharged from 30 days to 10 days.

Johnson also said that what’s called leader rounding started at LCHC last week. In this, different leaders from different LCHC departments will round on patients in the hospital and check and see how their stay is going. They’ll also check with the patients to see if there’s anything the hospital can do better.

LCHC Pharmacy Manager Ann Moon was the first leader to do rounding and she said it was fun and enjoyed it.

Read the August 1, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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