Rice Hospital employee honored with “Good Catch” state patient safety award

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By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Tuesday, May 20 –WILLMAR —While reviewing a patient’s chart before admission for surgery, Nita Tieszen saw a blank space where information about the patient’s blood type should have been.

Tieszen, a registered nurse and admission coordinator at Rice Memorial Hospital, knew the patient’s surgeon always ordered this particular test, so she picked up the phone and clarified it with the doctor to make sure the test was done.

It was a lucky thing she did, because the patient began bleeding severely during surgery and ended up needing blood transfusions.

For her actions, Tieszen was honored Monday with the Minnesota Hospital Association’s quarterly Good Catch for Patient Safety award.  Read the full story at http://www.wctrib.com/content/good-catch-rice-hospital-employee-honored-state-patient-safety-award

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