Sutter Roseville Medical Center will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens 11 and up on Friday, July 26, in Conference Room 8, at the medical center. To reserve a spot in this class, please register online now by clicking on Safe Sitter or visiting www.checksutterfirst.org/ and click Classes & Education.
Over 500,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where injuries can happen in order to prevent them. The cost of the course is $35 per student.
The up-to-date curriculum provides hand-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform Read More about Taking Signups for Safe Babysitter Class Now
SACRAMENTO – All six Sutter hospitals in the greater Sacramento area were recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Earning ‘A’s’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that Sutter hospitals have exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”
The hospitals in the Sacramento Sierra Region, which all received A grades, are:
- Sutter Amador Hospital
- Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
- Sutter Davis Hospital
- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes Sutter General Hospital, Sutter Memorial Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry
- Sutter Roseville Medical Center
- Sutter Solano Medical Center Read More about Sutter Hospitals Earn Straight-A’s for Patient Safety
The field of occupational therapy had never occurred to Roseville resident Brandy Cosgrove, occupational therapist (OT) at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute. Instead, she pursued studies to become a physical therapist. She became interested in this line of work as a teenager in high school after a friend’s father had accidentally fallen off a roof and became paralyzed. Cosgrove saw first-hand how the therapists interacted with the father and the family.
During her studies she job shadowed an OT and fell in love with this profession. She quickly changed from physical therapy to occupational therapy in order to work with patients who had been injured or had suffered a debilitating illness. While Cosgrove mostly works with patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, she also works with stroke patients and other patients who have undergone orthopedic repairs.
Traumatic brain injury comes from an impact to the head from a direct blow or from sudden movement such as severe shaking. Most patients suffered Read More about Occupational Therapist Helps Patients Live Life to Fullest
April is Youth Sports Safety Month and sports medicine specialist Thomas Merchant, M.D., with Sutter Independent Physicians, wants to spread the word on avoiding sports injuries. Dr. Merchant treats sports injuries on young athletes year round. He says overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students.
A common story might sound like this: A 13-year-old boy participates in baseball games and practices 12 months of the year, plays on travel teams, the local park’s little league team and then throws balls in his own backyard most nights. Then due to the prolonged, Read More about Youth Safety Month – Avoiding Overuse Injuries in Sports
Recognized for being a steward of the gift of life, Sutter Roseville Medical Center garnered the Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for the fifth year in a row. This award from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration singles out SRMC for timely referrals to collaborative management of eligible patients with donation potential, and for exceptional care to the families of donor patients.
David Fox and Natasha Deegan, from Sierra Donor Services, presented the Medal of Honor award to Pat Brady, CEO, Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
Unnecessary Early Deliveries of Babies Reduced Considerably, Study Finds
SACRAMENTO – A nationwide study piloted by Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and 23 other hospitals nationwide shows that hospital-based quality improvement programs can be remarkably effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies, according to a study being published in the May issue of the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The March of Dimes, which partly funded the initiative, says this is good news because babies delivered before full-term are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.
“This quality improvement program demonstrates that we can create a change in medical culture to prevent unneeded early deliveries and give many more babies a healthy start in life,” said Bryan T. Oshiro, MD, of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and lead author of the study.
The rate of elective early term deliveries (i.e., inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason) in a group of 25 participating hospitals fell significantly from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent during the one-year project period, an 83 percent decline, the study showed.
Both Sutter hospitals in the pilot saw similar – if not better – decreases:
- Sutter Roseville, which delivers about 3,000 babies a year, saw a decline from 29 percent in 2010 to just 7 percent after the first year, and down to 4 percent in 2012. For the first three months of 2013, Sutter Roseville’s rate has been at 0.
- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which delivers more than 5,000 babies a year at its Sutter Memorial Hospital campus, had a rate of 15 percent in 2010 and lowered it to 4 percent in 2011 and just 2.3 percent in 2012. It has had a rate of 0 for the past several months.
In addition, the Sutter Health network adopted the same program, with all 24 hospitals that have maternity services seeing a reduction from 18 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to just 2 percent in the same quarter last year. In Sutter’s Sacramento Sierra Region, those hospitals also include Sutter Davis, Sutter Amador and Sutter Solano Medical Center.
“Across our entire Northern California network, we’ve partnered with expectant moms to hold off on elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, because it is the best thing we can do for our mothers and babies,” said William Gilbert, M.D., medical director of Sutter Women’s Services for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. “Our work means even more babies are born healthier and go home sooner.” Read More about Sutter Hospitals Pilot Initiative for Healthier Newborns