A prestigious award won by St. Paul’s hospital may inspire change to dialysis treatment nationwide.
Operations Leader for the dialysis unit Michele Trask says they won the “3M Health Care Quality Team Award” after redesigning the way treatment was provided.
“We sort of looked at…if we collocate the patients with more similar needs into sub-units, or we call them pods, then are we better able to individualize and tailor the care to specific patients. And the answer that we found was yes.”
Trask says every nurse was only assigned to two patients instead of the three they typically saw.
“We ended up with a system where patients able to not only have care individualized and tailored more to their specific needs…but we ended up with a system where patients more empowered to participate and play a more active role in the care they were receiving.”
Trask says says these changes saved the hospital close to $700-thousand dollars.