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LifeWing- Enhancing Patient Safety

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center is taking another step towards enhancing the safety of our patients by implementing an aviation-based patient safety training program through LifeWings, a leader in aviation safety tools.

What is LifeWings?
LifeWings is a nationally-known aviation based safety program, and is recognized in the health care field for bringing similar techniques to patient safety programs. Their program has resulted in long term improvements in patient safety, reduced medical errors, increased efficiencies, reduced costs and less hospital staff turnover for many organizations across the nation. 

Flight crew reviewing planThe Family Birthing Unit at Presence Saint Joe's began the patient safety training in November.  All members of the Labor and Delivery team and Level II Special Care Nursery staff participated in the four hour training session with LifeWings to learn the principles.  Top guns from the aviation industry who are commercial pilots, astronauts and physicians worked with staff on applying the safety tools - such as detailed checklists - that have been so successful in aviation.

Putting the Plan to Action
Some of the LifeWing tools put into place in the Family Birthing Suites include:

  • Pre-procedure checklists
  • Time-out before surgery
  • Changes in reporting mechanisms

Doctor giving care to newborn baby in Family Birthing Suites"For the community, this means our continued top priority will be delivering the highest level of medical care. This will be enhanced by better communication and effective team building between physicians, nurses, technicians and all hospital staff," says Jill Weitendorf, Patient Care Manager of the Labor and Delivery Unit at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Currently, over 45 national health care organizations nationally are learning this new model of team building, communication and safety tools from LifeWings. There are amazing changes in medical health cultures that are proven with measurable data that more patient lives are saved and fewer human medical errors are being made due to this program by LifeWings.

"As we move forward with this initiative, we will enhance the quality care and services we provide to our patients," says Weitendorf. "Our dedicated staff is excited to learn these new techniques to continue providing compassionate, quality care for our patients."

For additional information regarding the LifeWings patient safety program, visit:  For a physician referral call the Presence InfoLine at 877.737-INFO.




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