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Quality and Safety at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

Spaulding Hospital Cambridge provides care for patients with serious medical conditions that require intense specialized treatment for several weeks or longer. Our interdisciplinary medical team is comprised of highly skilled physicians, nurses, therapists and other clinicians who work together to coordinate and provide specific individual treatments for each patient.

Ventilator Program

Patients admitted to the ventilator program receive care from a multidisciplinary team including pulmonary and critical care physicians who are deeply committed to helping our patients become ventilator free. Outcomes for the 2015 Ventilator Program were as follows:

  • The overall hospital length of stay: 82 days
  • The average number of days on a ventilator: 37 days
  • The average number of patients weaned from the ventilator: 71%
  • Only one ventilator pneumonia was reported during 2015.

Infection Prevention

At Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, we are serious about providing a safe environment in which our patients can heal. Vaccinating our patients against the influenza (FLU) virus is a priority. During the 2015-2016 flu season, 94% of patients were assessed and offered the Flu Vaccination when appropriate.

We also offer and encourage all staff to obtain a Flu Vaccine. The most current data from CMS 2014–2015 shows that the national average for All Healthcare Personnel Vaccination was 77.1%. At SHC, 91% of healthcare personnel were immunized against flu in 2015-2016.

In addition, the hospital adopted a Mask Policy to ensure safety of both patients and staff.   For those personnel who were not vaccinated for medical or other reasons, a properly fitted surgical mask was worn throughout the Flu season.

Patient Satisfaction

How our patients rate their hospital experience

Our mission is to provide our patients with the highest quality healthcare and service. We depend on patients and their families to provide input as to how well we are accomplishing our mission. SHC utilizes Press-Ganey to survey patients approximately 1-2 weeks post discharge. These sample questions reflect key factors that influence a patient’s overall satisfaction with care received while at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge.

Planned Discharges

In addition to providing “excellence in care”, we foster an atmosphere that allows and encourages each individual to “Find their Strength”. In that partnership, the goal of discharge is to work closely with our patients and families to transition home, to a lower setting of care, or to return to acute care for planned ongoing treatment.   We help our patients find the most appropriate care setting as they continue their care recovery.

Helping you to stay at Home

Another indicator of quality care is whether patients require readmission to an acute care hospital within 30 days of discharge from SHC. The most recent data available from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2012-2013 shows that Spaulding Hospital Cambridge is doing better than the national average with readmissions. The U.S. National rate was 24.9% compared to SHC at 22.8%.

Remarkable Recoveries
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Weaning off a ventilator after a heart attack.

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