Source Newsroom: Orlando Health
Newswise — ORLANDO, Fla. (November 28, 2012) – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is recognizing the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with the Beacon Award for Excellence.
The award is given to nursing units in acute care hospitals who excel at providing exceptional patient care and maintaining a healthy work environment. The Arnold Palmer Hospital PICU earned the award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:
• Leadership Structures and Systems
• Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
• Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development, Best Practices
• Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
• Patient Outcomes
Specifically, AACN recognized the PICU for focusing on nursing practices that ensure patient safety, including the reduction of medication errors and hospital-acquired infections, and effective pain management in pediatric patients. Also recognized, were the nurse-led implementation of a pediatric palliative care program and efforts aimed at improving the work environment, including enhanced communication between physicians and nurses.
The PICU at Arnold Palmer Hospital is a 17-bed, state-of-the-art unit equipped to provide critical care services to patients from infancy through 18 years of age. The unit provides family and child-centered surroundings for critically-ill and injured children suffering from trauma, drowning, severe infections, gastrointestinal problems, and many other conditions. It also cares for children recovering from major surgery.
“Our PICU team works tirelessly to ensure we’re creating an environment that promotes teamwork and healing,” says Jodi McDuffie, nurse operations manager for the Arnold Palmer Hospital PICU. “The Beacon Award is special to us because it’s validation from our peers at hospitals around the country.”
ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL for CHILDREN
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com to learn more about all of our specialties.
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