Brídhaven nursing home gets global recognition

BILL BROWNE

Published 03/10/2013 | 05:26

Paul Rochford, Registered Provider at Brídhaven (centre), with Minister of State Kathleen Lynch TD and Donna McNamara, Person in Charge (left), and Helen Morley, HR Manager, right.

THE Brídhaven nursing home in Mallow has become the first facility of its kind outside the USA to be awarded a globally recognised health accreditation.

THE Brídhaven nursing home in Mallow has become the first facility of its kind outside the USA to be awarded a globally recognised health accreditation.

The Joint Commission International (JCI) provides accreditation for more than 400 hospitals, care centres, clinical laboratories and other health facilities in more than 40 countries across the world.

It is recognised as being one of the leading healthcare evaluators in the world, with a number of top Irish hospitals including the Beacon Centre, the Blackrock Clinic, the Mater Private and the Bon Secours group having achieved the coveted JCI standard.

The JCI is itself accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and is a World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborating centre.

Management and staff at Brídhaven achieved the JCI standard after satisfying a rigid set of criteria set out by a team of international experts in a whole range of areas from infection control to medication management.

The achievement has been recognised by junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch TD who said it was a strong validation of the fact that Brídhaven had gone the extra mile to ensure the highest levels of safety and care for their patients.

"The JCI evaluation process is intense, to say the least, and it is gratifying to see a care facility such go above and beyond normal standards of care and foster best practice in a culture of openness and efficiency," said Minister Lynch.

"Simple measures like strict attention to hand washing and general hygiene, data and medicine audits, detailed accident reports and dietary requirements are so crucial in the care of the elderly," she added.

Purchased in 2004 by Paul and Mary Clare Rochford, Brídhaven offers a comprehensive service to people suffering from dementia and acquired brain injury.

Paul said that while they had completed standards such as ISO 9000 in the past, they had little to do with the actual standard of care provided in the home.

"We wanted to work to a standard that was recognised internationally as being the leader in our industry and that in turn became the way we worked in Brídhaven," said Paul.

"Essentially, this accreditation provides for a culture that is open to learning from adverse events.

"It has increased our awareness of infection control, preventing harm-related falls and enhanced more effective communication across the healthcare team," he added.

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