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James Fiorica, MD - Chief of Staff

November 2015 

October DNV Survey results: 
SMHCS has partnered with an alternative hospital accreditation body named Det Norske Veritas.  DNV philosophy is that accreditation should "enable a broader culture change toward high performance and continual improvement." 

  • The surveyors were very approachable and encouraged SMHCS to share our best practices.  
  • There are a number of opportunities that we will be tackling over the coming months but they are all for the betterment of our patients and our practice.   
  • Once the action plans are accepted by DNV, SMHCS will be dually accredited. 


Influenza Vaccination & Documentation: Get it & submit it! 
Has Your Flu Vaccination Documentation reached Employee Health?  Fax 941-917-2622.  

At this time, those providers who have declined the flu vaccine are required during recognized flu season:

  • to wear a mask while inside SMH AND 
  • to wear a RED BADGE on SMH campus during.

Providers will exchange their original administered badge(s) for a (one-time purchase fee for $7.00) red badge from Public Security, located on the first floor of the South Parking Garage.

Thank you for your cooperation with this requirement as our patients are vulnerable and at increased risk of infection when they are being cared for at the hospital. Our participation can decrease the risk of transmission of endemic flu during the flu season.


Infection Prevention:
Hand hygiene remains the most important intervention in our arsenal of tools to prevent infections and the World Health Organization (5) five moments of hand hygiene must be practiced in our direct interaction with patients.  

  • Pause before you order a urinary catheter.  Is it medically necessary? Is there an alternative? 
  • Discontinue urinary catheters and intravascular catheters/lines, well-timed 
  • In Enhanced Contact Isolation rooms, for C diff patients, wear gown and gloves and perform hand hygiene with soap and water to prevent the spread of this organism.

Our compliance with infection control practices sets examples to follow and has a significant impact on staff adherence to these and other patient safety practices. 


Laboratory Information Systems Upgrade:
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Laboratory will upgrade information systems.  

  • Blood Bank and Pathology will not be affected by the upgrade 
  • Both printed and electronic copies of laboratory reports will remain similar with only slight changes in presentation.
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