Surgery Department at Community Hospital Long Beach Streamlines Services to Improve Patient Experience

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Accolade, Expansion & Innovation

The Perioperative Services Department at Community Hospital Long Beach is hard at work improving each of its services. From Outpatient Surgery to Sterile Processing, not a single thing has been overlooked in their goal to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Equipment Upgrades Provide Better Treatment

Surgery acquired two brand-new Stryker® small bone drills to be used by orthopedic surgeons to repair fractures of small bones in the body during surgeries of the hands, feet and small bones in the arms and legs.

At the GI Laboratory, two brand-new colonoscopes and a brand-new digital imaging and dictation system, called Endoworks®, allows physicians to take multiple high definition images at a time and dictate their post procedure report directly into the system.

“We are excited to introduce this new technology at Community Hospital Long Beach,” says Mary-Beth Joiner, R.N., M.S.N., C.R.C.S.T., Director, Perioperative Services. “This new system aligns Community Hospital Long Beach with all the other MemorialCare GI labs throughout the system, which use the same technology.”

Special Training and New Procedures for Nurses

Outpatient Surgery nurses, in partnership with the Cardiology Department, received in-service training on the new Lexiscan® procedure. Lexiscan® is a prescription drug given through an IV line that increases blood flow through the arteries of the heart during a cardiac nuclear stress test. This test is given to patients when they are unable to exercise adequately for a normal stress test.

Recovery room nurses are helping to launch an electronic health records program at Community Hospital Long Beach. As part of the discovery process led by the MemorialCare Health System team, nurses are adding information to the already vast database of support functions related to patient care, including registration and scheduling; clinical systems for doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and other care providers.

Keeping Everything Sterile

Sterile Processing has recently taken over monitoring the sterilization processes across all departments at Community Hospital Long Beach. To ensure that sterilization throughout the hospital is done correctly and consistently, Sterile Processing will be conducting audits of each department and spearheading performance improvement initiatives to increase safety and reduce the possibility of hospital acquired infections.

“For the past few months the Perioperative Services department has been hard at work collecting data to make sure that we are running smoothly as a team,” says Joiner. “With help from other departments throughout the hospital, we have been able to improve on many aspects of our day-to-day routines and incorporate new techniques and procedures that have helped us and continue to help us improve our overall performance.”