Five steps to care

Patient safety

Patient safety is of the highest importance at Kuopio University Hospital

Our research and treatment methods are safe, effective and based on researched information. We use methods that are of the highest quality even by international standards. We want our hospital to be a safe place for each and every patient to be treated. We prevent treatment-related falls, infections and pressure ulcers. Our aim is for each patient to be free of pain.

Patient safety is managed with reliable tools at Kuopio University Hospital (KUH). These tools include, for example, the check list of WHO\'s surgery team, double checking medicine, safety walks, root cause analysis of adverse events and the global trigger tool.

We take the patients and their needs into consideration at every turn of treatment. We ensure that the patients understand the information given to them, so that they can actively participate in making decisions. We make sure that current and accurate information is given throughout the examination and treatment process. The patients\' next of kin are an important resource in making the treatment successful.

The modern requirements of patient care are the most important consideration in the new construction and renovation of KUH. The hospital\'s proximity to the university campus and the science park makes it possible to collaborate closely. The personnel and patients at KUH are able to enjoy the many products of innovation.

We at KUH invest greatly in the equipment used to ensure that treatment is safe and of the highest quality. The diligent care and monitoring of equipment ensures that it works safely and reliably for both patients and staff. Modern, first-class equipment and technology help KUH offer the best and most effective care in the country. The state of patient safety is constantly evaluated. Patients and their next of kin participate in improving patient safety as well. Patients themselves have the chance to significantly affect, for example, the rate of recovery after surgery.

KUH is a safe hospital - the entire staff works to prevent infections

The infection and hospital hygiene team at KUH trains and instructs the staff how to prevent infections and assists with the treatment of severe infections. Registering infections related to treatment is routine and units can keep track of their results independently.

An important factor in decreasing the infection risk of patients is ensuring that the hospital staff is vaccinated. This is to prevent personnel from infecting patients, their next of kin or each other or getting infections from the patients. We campaign together with occupational health care to have staff vaccinated against influenza every autumn.

Every employee participates in hand hygiene training, and the use of hand sanitizer is monitored by each unit. Preventing infections is based on proactive prevention and this requires different units to collaborate extensively. The responsibility for preventing infections lies with every employee. In addition, to high-quality treatment and excellent hand hygiene, we think that screening, isolating and cohorting patients, microbe medicine policies and protection against surgical infections are the most important factors in preventing hospital-acquired infections. As important are maintaining equipment, nutrition and textile care, waste disposal and aspects related to air condition, traffic, space and structures. All this is necessary to control infections.

At KUH antibiotic-resistant microbes are not a problem. Conventional precautions are in place with all patient work. Patients in need of isolation are recognized upon arrival and treated with the special measures necessary. If a unit discovers a problematic microbe, the infection team helps to solve the situation.

We have a contingency plan for all operations in the health care district in case of disturbances. A significant part of the contingency plan is fire and rescue safety. The staff has been given annual safety training for the past 20 years. They participate in fire, rescue and initial fire extinguisher training every three years. All new employees are trained annually. In addition, occupational health and safety representatives working at a functional unit level take care of necessary safety training and check-ups annually. The safety organization does regular safety walks to check the units' initial fire extinguisher equipment, escape routes and other safety related matters.

We have a monitored maintenance programme for all fire safety equipment, where all procedures are documented. The Puijo Campus is mainly within the reserve power supply in case of a power outage. We check annually that the reserve power is working correctly through a real power outage.

Koivula Irma

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Department of Infectious Diseases
Center of Medicine
Kuopio University Hospital

Haatainen Kaisa

Associate professor, PhD

Patient Safety Manager
Administrative Center
Kuopio University Hospital