Always Our Number One Priority
You are important to us. Providing quality, safe care to every patient every time is at the heart of what we do. That's why our staff, clinical and non-clinical alike, is fully committed to excellent care and a positive patient experience. At MidState, we are always looking for ways to improve your care. We are on the cutting-edge best practices and participate in national endeavors that promote quality and patient safety. We strive to be the best we can be to ensure the best possible outcome. You can find quality in:
- All private rooms. MidState is the only hospital in the state to offer all private patient rooms. This reduces the risk of spreading infections and enhances your comfort while you are with us.
- Our expert physicians. Our doctors are among the very best, and are all board certified or board eligible in their fields.
- The way we communicate. We pay attention to the details, and your entire health care team interacts with each other to discuss your care and decide with you on your best treatment plan.
Visit The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services website for further information on how we compare with other hospitals.
When you're in the hospital, you expect quality, safe care. At MidState, we do everything we can to ensure your safety is our top concern. We focus on areas such as fall prevention, proper patient identification, medication management, and various others. Read more:
- Fall Precautions
Falls are the leading cause of injury to patients in hospitals. The primary goal of healthcare workers at MMC is to identify patients at risk to fall and keep them safe from harm.
Why am I on Fall Precautions?
Every patient admitted to MMC is assessed by a nurse. Your nurse determined that placing you on Fall Precautions would keep you safe from harm during your hospitalization.
What increases my risk of falling?
There are many reasons why patients are at risk to fall in a hospital. These reasons may include:
- Poor vision or hearing
- Difficulty with balance, walking or foot problems
- Use of multiple medications or certain medications for sedation, pain, sleep, or blood pressure control
- Environmental hazards such as wet floors, IV tubing, oxygen tubing, catheters, phone cords, or clutter in your room
- Procedures or surgery that affect your balance or ability to walk
What can I expect?
When you are placed on Fall Precautions, you can expect to see an apple on the door frame of your room.
You can also expect that staff will use bed and chair alarms to help us keep watch over you. This equipment will be used when staff is not in the room, even if you have family or other visitors in the room.
Staff will be sure that your call bell and personal items are within reach before they leave the room.
Did you know that the most falls occur when patients try to get to the bathroom without assistance?
What can I do to decrease my fall risk?
- Never get up without staff assistance - "Call before you fall"
- Wear safe shoes or non-skid slippers when out of bed
- Tell staff about your daily routine and bathroom habits
What can family/visitors do to decrease the patient's risk of falls?
- Bring in glasses, hearing aids, and safe shoes
- Share with staff any history of falls, confusion or if you notice new confusion/dizziness. Suggest ways to keep the patient safe.
- Call a staff member to the room if the patient needs repositioning or assistance to the bathroom - do not assist the patient yourself
- Do not turn off the bed or chair alarm
MMC also wants you to be safe at home as your chances of falling are high during the first month home from the hospital
What Else Should I know?
Talk with your nurse, your home care provider or your doctor about ways to prevent falls at home. There are many things that can be done to keep you safe.
Remember: spending time with your loved one in the hospital can help decrease falls.
- FAST Team
The mission of the FAST Team is to reduce the death and disability that can occur as a result of a stroke. When someone suffers a stroke, every minute counts. Quickly recognizing the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) may make all the difference in someone achieving a more favorable outcome. This highly trained team is able to promptly evaluate the patient and conduct specific laboratory and imaging tests, which allow for a diagnosis to be made along with the administration of the latest stroke therapies.
- Medication Reconciliation
Medication reconciliation is the process of comparing a patient's hospital medication orders to all of the medications that the patient has been taking at home. This reconciliation is done at hospital admission and discharge to avoid medication errors. Our patients hold a vital role as a member of the healthcare team in the medication reconciliation process. Each patient discharged to home receives an updated wallet card with a list of all their medications to take at home. This wallet card should be carried with the patient, and when admitted, will be used as the primary source for the patient's medication history
- Rapid Response Team
The Rapid Response Team is in place to assist patients, families, visitors and staff when emergency assistance is needed. Should a patient's condition change dramatically, extension 8400 is dialed and a team consisting of a nurse manager or nursing coordinator, advanced practiced registered nurse, and respiratory therapist responds immediately to perform an assessment and any necessary treatment. This year MidState implemented the family-activated Rapid Response Team, allowing a patient or a patient's family member the ability to call a Rapid Response Team if there is a change in patient status.
- Skin collaborative
The longer you lay in a hospital bed, the greater your risk for skin problems, or bed sores. MidState has specific protocols in place to help prevent the occurrence of bed sores. All patients are evaluated for their risk of skin breakdown on hospital admission and continuously throughout the day. For patients whose mobility is compromised, nurses reposition the patient every two hours. Staff may also use special cushions, creams and products to maintain the skin's condition. An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, who specializes in skin care, is also available to evaluate any concerns with a patient's skin.
- "Time out" before surgery
Before any surgery or invasive procedure at MidState, the entire team takes a "time out" to review several items including: verifying your name, the procedure to be performed, any allergies you may have, and the correct side or site of surgery. This process begins when you are first interviewed by the MidState staff and continues into the procedure room.