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Hospital's Red Zone Safety Initiative Reduced Medical Errors by 70%

Posted by Eva Bleich on November 08, 2012

Wyoming Medical Center in Casper has witnessed a dramatic decline in medical errors due to an innovative safety program partly inspired by the hospital CEO's visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The safety program features a "red zone" which indicates that any hospital staff person within the designated red zone is to be left undisturbed.  Also, when staff were administering medications, they would wear a red badge, another "do not disturb" indicator. 

This safety initiative, begun in 2009, has led to a 70% decrease in medical errors that cause harm to patients.

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