BWH is pursuing Magnet designation to be formally recognized for the everyday excellence, teamwork and innovation demonstrated at the Brigham. Magnet is the highest recognition given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for health care institutions providing exceptional patient care.

BWH submitted a body of evidence in April that demonstrates how the hospital meets the Magnet model. The Brigham will be notified in the coming months whether it has met the requirements for a site visit. During a site visit, which would take place in early 2018, appraisers speak with employees, patients and families about the quality of care provided.

As part of this journey, BWH Bulletin will regularly share examples of projects and initiatives that reflect our commitment to quality, safety, collaboration and innovation in care to ensure that all staff are aware of how we meet the criteria for Magnet.

S.A.F.E. Response: A Model for Urgent Clinical Issues

  • We care for patients with a variety of complex medical conditions that may cause changes in behavior and/or mental status, which can place patients and caregivers at risk for injuries.
  • An interprofessional team was tasked with developing and implementing an inpatient clinical safety response model to improve care and reduce or prevent injury to staff and patients.
  • This protocol, known as S.A.F.E. Response, engages interprofessional teams in a four-step process: Spot a threat, Assess the risk, Formulate a safe clinical response plan and Evaluate the outcome.
  • S.A.F.E. Response provides members of the care team with a clinical response option instead of a Code Grey when spotting changes in behavior, coping or mental status of a patient, family member or visitor.

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Magnet Exemplary Professional Practice (EP) Standard 12