ULH MICU wins Quality Star Award
If you've worked at University of Louisville Hospital for any length of time, you've had to notice a change in outlook over the last few years.
Patient care has always been a priority, but now there is a spirit of excitement and ownership of patient outcomes by the Nursing Department.
With a renewed commitment to nursing excellence and improving patient outcomes, the group has raised the bar on nursing care provided at U of L.
The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU, 6 West) has taken this commitment to heart and is leading the challenge for making a positive difference in the lives of our patients, family, and nursing staff.
At the recent Leadership Development Initiative the staff of the MICU were presented with the 2010 Quality Star Award. For the first time since our NDNQI benchmarking started (January 2009), a unit at U of L had a rating of '0' for every NDNQI Quality Indicator for an entire quarter.
For the second quarter of the year, the MICU had zero ventilator associated pneumonia's (VAP), central line associated blood stream infections (BSI), falls, pressure ulcers, had no nursing turnover and reduced their restraint use by 50%.
"It's amazing to see what a team can accomplish when they are focused and committed to achieving excellence," Mary Jane Adams, MSN, RN, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at University of Louisville Hospital said.