Quality and Patient Safety
Good Samaritan Hospital demonstrates Quality and Patient Safety through the Safety and Performance Improvement Plan (SPIP), a systematic, organization-wide approach to providing patient-centered, safe quality care and service in keeping with its mission and strategic plan.
We will build healthier communities with others who share our commitment to provide high-quality, cost-competitive health care services.
Update (February 22, 2012)
Response to Today Show Coverage of Surgical Instrument Sterilization
At Good Samaritan Hospital patient safety is our top priority. Our Sterile Processing Department closely adheres to the instrument sterilization standards of AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation). We also follow a triple check procedure for all instruments that will be used in a sterile field. This process includes mechanical sterilization of all instruments, as well as visual checks by both Central Sterile and Surgical staff prior to instrument use in the surgical field. Additionally, our Laboratory Department performs monthly quality control checks (visual inspection, swabbing and cultures taken) on random instrument sets to verify the instruments are thoroughly cleaned, inspected, and sterilized.