Mary Reichmuth Is July's Good Catch Award Winner
The Good Catch Award is designed to recognize staff members committed to patient safety.
This recognition is presented monthly and goes to the department in which the good catch occurred. Nominations for the award are taken from reported variances where a near miss is caught. Those variances are flagged for consideration of this award. A near miss is an incident or event that has occurred and had the potential to cause harm but was caught before it reached the patient.
Mary Reichmuth, RN
Methodist Hospital Cardiac Rehab
The July Good Catch Award goes to Mary Reichmuth, RN, in cardiac rehab at Methodist Hospital.
On a recent Friday, Mary Reichmuth called an elderly cardiac rehab patient who was new to the program, since he did not attend class that day. She wanted to make sure everything was OK.
Remembering him from Wednesday's class, she asked him how he was doing with getting started on his Lasix. During the conversation, the patient mentioned how BIG the Lasix pill was. This alerted Mary. Upon asking some additional questions, Mary realized the patient was taking a potassium pill, thinking it was his Lasix medication. In fact, he was not even taking his Lasix pill at all.
It was late Friday afternoon. Mary quickly made multiple calls to Dr. Fiksinski's office and the patient's pharmacy. She worked with the pharmacy to get the patient's Lasix medication that day and through the weekend. She also made an appointment for the patient to see the doctor on Monday.
She checked the patient's last potassium level to make sure it wasn't already too high and educated the patient to be assured he properly understood his medications.
Mary's action may have saved this patient's life.
Great job, Mary, and thank you for your dedication to Methodist and our patients!