Blackrock Founder Receives Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award
25th May 2011
Earlier this month, Maurice Nelligan, one of four original founders of Blackrock Clinic, was honoured for his pioneering work with an Award for his Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare at the Annual Healthcare Awards. The award was made in recognition of Maurice’s ‘Life’s Work and his Commitment to Improving Quality of Care in Irish Healthcare’.
A group of Blackrock staff attended the event and were exceptionally proud to see Maurice’s work recognised, albeit while they were somewhat saddened that he wasn’t with them to celebrate. Maurice’s wife, Pat Nelligan, received the award on his behalf.
Professor Gregor Shanik and his Quality team were also part of the ceremony, having been shortlisted and then becoming finalists in the Patient Safety Initiative category.
Blackrock Clinic’s Clinical Governance programme has delivered significant reductions in infection rates, medical errors and patient falls in the last two years.
There has not been an incident of blood stream infection with MRSA since 2007 and other healthcare infections including Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus (VRE), Meticillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and clostridium difficile remain low and below international benchmark standards. There has been a significant fall in cardiac surgical deep and superficial wound infections compared to 2009 (5.7% v 3.99%) and none were in the deep sternal group.
In orthopaedic surgery, there were no knee replacement infections in 2010 or for the first quarter of 2011. There have been no hip replacement infections since November 2010 to Quarter 1 2011.
After a programme of preventative measures was put in place, there was a reduction in medication errors by 65% in the fourth quarter of 2009. A further 26% reduction was achieved in 2010.
The level of patient falls in Blackrock Clinic is currently 0.26% per 1000 inpatient days, which is below the international benchmark.
These are only some of the results of patient safety measures implemented across the organisation.
Patient safety is clearly a key focus at Blackrock Clinic. It’s crucial that patients are confident in the care they will receive in addition to having access to pioneering procedures, medical treatments and diagnostics.
The work undertaken by Professor Shanik and his team, demonstrates that while we can’t eliminate human error, high standards of safety are still possible.