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March 1996, Week 1


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Evelyn Breck Morgen <[log in to unmask]>
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Medical Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 6 Mar 1996 09:23:06 U
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        Reply to:   RE>Lost and Found
Hi, Lynn.  We just formed a multidisciplinary CQI team to look at that
problem here (dentures ARE the most frequently lost item) -- they'll come up
with a corrective action plan.  Initial ideas include clearly labeled
containers for dentures, glasses, and hearing aids that are always noted on a
checklist when patients are moved from place to place.  We did have a CQI
team look at property loss in the emergency dept but it was more focused on
valuables (jewelry etc.).  After that plan was implemented, property loss
dropped from $800 per quarter to $30.  CQI teams have helped us solve several
Evelyn Breck Morgen, Director
Tremaine Library,
Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 344-6286     FAX (860) 344-6115
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Date: 3/5/96 3:00 PM
To: Evelyn Breck Morgen
From: Medical Libraries Discussion L
I hope someone can help with this question.  A task force has been set up
in the hospital to look at minimizing lost patient belongings in the
hospital.  Something like a lost and found department but more.  Actually
tracking and decreasing lost valuables belonging to patients, like
dentures. (Yes they gave that as an example, patient puts dentures in
pocket of hospital clothes and then clothes is sent to laundry, which
happens to be not at the hospital, etc.)  I have done a search on this
and have not come up with much.  Would someone have a policy or any
information they can share with us?  Thank you.
Lynn Sabol
Stamford Hospital
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