Practice Makes Perfect: CPMC Staff Members Train to Safely Move Patients to New Hospital
CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital Set to Open March 2
SAN FRANCISCO – With an eye toward the Sat., March 2 opening day for its new Van Ness Campus hospital, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network, today held an exercise for staff to practice safely moving patients from its California Campus to the new facility.
Live practice moves are critically important to ensure patient safety, according to Anna Choi, RN, patient move team lead for the upcoming Pacific and California campus patient moves. “Our team has planned these moves on paper for several years,” says Choi, “But until you put dozens of “patients” on gurneys, load them into ambulances and drive them to the new hospital, you can’t be totally confident your plans are a hundred percent accurate. Today’s exercise, in addition to the practice move we held yesterday at the Pacific Campus, demonstrated to us that we’re prepared to safely move our patients next week.”
During today’s practice exercise, the 2.4 mile journey by ambulance took approximately six minutes for each “patient” with four checkpoints to the medical center’s move day command center along the way. More than 150 staff took part in the practice exercise using simulated patients— actually 28 volunteers, including parents, newborns and pediatric patients. Dolls in special transport isolettes represented newborns from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Eighteen ambulances, including six specialized neonatal transport rigs, took part in the exercise.
An estimated 240 patients will be transported by ambulance from the Pacific and California campuses to the new hospital at 1101 Van Ness Ave. during two days of carefully-choreographed moves over the March 2-3 weekend. On Sat., March 2, Pacific Campus hospital patients will be transported to the new Van Ness Campus facility. On Sun., March 3, patients from the California Campus will be moved.