Nursing News in Brief – August 2014

Hand Lotion DispenserHand Lotion Dispensers Installed Throughout the Medical Campus

Hand lotion that is compatible with University of Chicago Medicine’s hand hygiene products is now available for staff.

UChicago Medicine recently installed Provon hand lotion dispensers throughout the hospitals’ clinical areas. This lotion is compatible with our Purell instant hand sanitizer and our Provon soap. The Environmental Services Department will refill the dispensers as needed.

Dispensers are located at the nursing stations on inpatient units in Mitchell Hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery and Comer Children’s Hospital. In the Mitchell and Comer Emergency Departments, they are available in each section of rooms. Meanwhile, clinics in Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine have a dispenser in each nurses’ work station and are clearly labeled.

Use of personal hand lotion while at work is strongly discouraged because it may interfere with the anti-microbial properties of antiseptics

Have questions? Contact: Jeffrey Lovett at Environmental Services at x27932.

Runners, Walkers Prepare to Run Comer 5K in October

Join your fellow runners and walkers during the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital RBC Race for the Kids.

The 5K run/walk on Oct. 5, formerly known as the Comer Kids’ Classic, begins at 9 a.m. and benefits Comer and UChicago Medicine’s youngest patients. The route, which starts and ends at the University of Chicago Main Quadrangle, loops through Hyde Park and the school’s campus and heads east to the Museum of Science and Industry before returning along the Midway Plaisance.

Advance registration is $30 ($15 for students) and $45 on race day. Discounts are available for members of the Chicago Area Runners Association. A Kids’ Mile and Kids’ Dash will begin at 10:30 a.m. and give kids aged 2 through 8th grade a chance to run. The children’s races cost $25 for race day registration.

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L&D Rolls Out New Specimen Collection Practices

The University of Chicago Medicine has added Lattice Medicopia specimen collection to its Labor and Delivery unit. The new process began Aug. 20th.

Medicopia is the handheld specimen collection system used by Phlebotomy and Nursing to positively identify a patient prior to specimen collection and produce specimen labels at their bedside.  The in-room, hand-held scanners and in-room label printers allows staff to correctly match the patient to their orders and produce labels. This functionality reduces possible labeling errors as specimen containers can be correctly labeled without leaving the patient’s bedside.

The project is aimed at increasing efficiency and patient safety by reducing errors associated with mislabeling.

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