BANGOR — Officials at Northern Light Health’s Eastern Maine Medical Center say the health care facility is always trying to increase patient safety.
The hospital is using a comprehensive unit safety program that has been shown to reduce infections patients got while in the hospital, according to a spokeswoman.
She said the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is working on a process to make sure lab specimens are processed safely.
“I would say that two thirds of the initiatives we’ve put forth so far have come with no price tag. It might be a change in policy. It might be a change in process. A change in who we call when certain things are going on,” said Mikele Neal, RN, nurse manager of the Neonatal ICU.
One of the concepts driving the comprehensive unit safety is that it allows medical workers on the front line to make changes to improve patient care.