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Centura Health’s Innovative Patient Experience Initiative for Needle-Free Blood Draws

March 1, 2019 – Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is now the first hospital system in Colorado, and among the first in the nation, to offer needle-free blood draws for inpatients.

Littleton Adventist Hospital patient satisfaction scores around lab draws, IV placement and overall degree to which staff showed compassion jumped up by and average of 15.4% during the 90 days post-implementation. This product moves nurses back to the bedside performing hands on patient care for the lab draws and the impact for our patients has been rewarding for the nurses as well.

Littleton Adventist Hospital was the first acute care hospital in Colorado to implement this needle-free blood draw practice, removing a staggering 28,699 needles from the workplace in it’s first 90 days at one hospital site. Occupational Health has reported zero practicioner needle-injuries related to lab draws since its inception.

A patient at Littleton Adventist Hospital stated, “On a specific occasion, 2-3am in the morning someone came in and drew blood and I was unaware until they were walking out the door…I got a good night sleep!” Improving our patient experience by minimizing needle-stick blood draws decreasing pain and anxiety in nearly every patient while also decreasing risk for practitioners’ from needle-related injuries.

Centura Health is continually striving to improve the patient experience and lead Colorado in being patient centric and quality oriented. By using this revolutionlry technology Centura Health’s caregivers can collect blood samples from an indwelling peripheral IV line, enabling a high quality extraction directly from the vein. This standard of care is currently in use in several of Centura Health’s Denver metro area hospitals and will become available at the other Centura Health hospitals throughout the year as part of our system-wide rollout and commitment to an improved patient experience while in our care.

Ramy Hanna SR Vice President of Shared Services, Centura Health

     “As the senior executive leader of our clinically integrated Supply Chain Management (SCM) team I am very proud to sponsor patient focused initiatives such as this to make our vision statement of delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions and services in support of quality healthcare in our region come to life. These types of cutting edge innovations, designed to improve the patient’s experience while in our care, also pave the road to fulfill Centura’s covenant of care for our communities with excellence and integrity on the path to becoming their healthcare partner for life and to fulfill my personal mission of paying forward the blessings I have received on to the patients we serve.”

About Centura Health

Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight for Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.

Contact: Wendy Forbes | Director of Media Relations and Public Relations

720-321-4304

wendyforbes@centura.org



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Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Ortho Spine Partners. Prior to that, he was the assistant vice president and business unit leader of Medical Device Management for HealthTrust.

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