Emily Udseth, RN, was presented with the Patient Safety Hero Award at Carroll Hospital in Westminster, Md., for the month of May.
A staff member at the hospital since 2007, Udseth received the award for going above and beyond her duties to ensure a positive outcome for an operating room patient. Her actions resulted in an important policy change that will further enhance the safety of OR patients in the future, according to a news release.
“By thinking out of the box and making the extra effort in delivering patient care, Emily effected a great change in our OR policy that will further improve our safety protocols for patients in the future,” Linda Grogan, executive director of women’s, children’s and surgical services at Carroll Hospital, said in the release.
Created by the Josie King Foundation, the Patient Safety Hero Award is presented to caregivers who work to create a culture of patient safety within their healthcare organization. This can be achieved through various ways including listening to patients or their family members, encouraging them to speak up and ask questions at any time, improving communication and teamwork and addressing potential safety concerns.
At Carroll Hospital, the award will be given to an associate whose actions most closely meet the award’s criteria, and from a year’s worth of honorees one Patient Safety Hero of the Year will be announced at an annual banquet.