Below are the latest quality scores for Shannon Medical Center, based on measures reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Shannon supports providing useful information to consumers so they can make the informed decisions regarding their health care. Below are just two of many sites and publications that provide information on hospital quality.
Because it takes time to gather and compile the data into reports, the data provided to consumers on these sites can be 8 to 12 months old. No data or website can substitute for direct communications between patients and their physicians. We are continually examining and improving our processes to provide our patients with exceptional, quality care.
We hope to provide the best possible care to each patient and family. Following are some guidelines for how to use this information.
What can a patient do with the data?
- Patients can use this information to begin a conversation with their physician about the care they expect to receive.
- When reviewing the performance data, it is important to remember death or complications may occur even when all standards of care are followed.
Tips for patients to lower risk of infection and complications:
- Ask your physician about whether or not you should be vaccinated for diseases that cause respiratory infections, including influenza and pneumonia.
- If you have diabetes, you should be sure to discuss blood sugar control with your physician; high blood sugar increases risk of infection.
- If you are overweight, losing weight will reduce the risk of infection following surgery.
- Smokers should consider a smoking cessation program. This will reduce chances of developing lung infections and will improve the ability to heal after surgery.
- Be sure your health care providers are aware of any medications you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, home remedies and dietary supplements.
- If you are a patient in a hospital:
- Wash your hands, especially after using the bathroom and before eating.
- Expect your health care provider to perform hand hygiene—wash with soap and water or disinfect hands using an alcohol-based sanitizer product. Feel free to ask your physician, nurse or other provider if they have clean hands.
- Protect catheter and wound dressings from becoming soiled. Tell the nurse promptly if a dressing becomes soiled or wet.
- Ask family and friends not to visit if they are sick.