NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is committed to continually improving the quality of care we provide to our patients. Below are some of the quality initiatives currently underway. We consistently develop and designate priorities for quality improvement based on own data and that of similar institutions in New York State and throughout the nation. Innovations and new trends in clinical care also drive our quality improvement program. Our doctors, nurses and other clinical staff members work with patients, families, and other institutions to promote continuous improvement and clinical excellence.
Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Prevention
At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, infection prevention is a top priority. Hospital acquired infection rates at NYP Brooklyn Methodist consistently rank below New York State average. The Division of Infection Control participates in the CDC/National Healthcare Safety Network for the prevention of hospital acquired infection. Using the 2017 Nation Patient Safety Goals set by the Joint Commission, the Division of Infection Control at NYP Brooklyn Methodist pays specific attention to the prevention of:
- Surgical site infections (SSIs): Infections related to the following types of surgery are reported: colon procedures, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and hip replacement or revision surgery.
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABs): CLABs are monitored in selected intensive care units (ICUs), including cardiothoracic surgery ICU, coronary ICU, medical surgical ICU, neonatal ICU and the pediatric ICU.
- Multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs): Patients identified with a multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs), such as methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE), will be placed on isolation or precautions.
Additionally, significant patient education efforts are undertaken to fortify the defense against infection, encouraging patients to become invested in infection prevention.
Rapid Response Team
To ensure the best possible outcome for our patients, NYP Brooklyn Methodist employs Rapid Response Teams (RRT), a patient safety initiative supported by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Joint Commission. The RRT, consisting of a critical care nurse, respiratory therapist, and physician, are on call and poised to respond to signs of a sudden decline in a patient's health. The RRT mobilizes before the patient's condition deteriorates and acts to assess and treat the patient so as to avoid ICU transfer, cardiac arrest or expiration.
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is working with New York's Statewide Pressure Ulcer Improvement Initiative - a collaboration of provider associations, the state Department of Health (DOH) and the Island Peer Review Organization (IPRO) - order to improve the assessment, management, and prevention of pressure ulcers.
NYS Partnership for Patients
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is participating in New York's Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP), a joint initiative of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the Greater New York Hospital Association. (GNYHA). This partnership includes:
- Bedside Safety Initiatives
- Infection Prevention Initiatives
- Building Culture and Leadership
- Preventable Readmissions Initiative
- Obstetrical Safety Initiative