August 30, 2007 — St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA is the first hospital within the St. Joseph Health System to go live with the Patient Safety Lighting System (PSLS), having recently installed the LED fiber optic lighting system in the patient rooms on the Oncology and Medical Pulmonary units.
The new lighting system is designed to improve overall patient care and comfort, as well as to help meet the 2005 JCAHO Goal for Hospitals to reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls.
St. Joseph Hospital partnered with Huntington Beach , CA-based SafeTGlow on the installation. SafeTGlow improves lighting of the physical environment and patient spatial orientation by providing a frame of reference so the patient can quickly identify their surroundings, illuminating pathways to the bathroom, and improving illumination for completion of nursing tasks to reduce the need to use conventional lighting that can disrupt sleep. The lights are also designed to withstanding extreme conditions such as tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes.
Installation of the SafeTGlow system is anticipated to reduce the risk of patient falls. JCAHO studies reveal that about 45 percent of patient falls result from the physical environment, with the majority of these occurring at night. St. Joseph Hospital has installed SafeTGlow as part of a comprehensive fall reduction strategy that also includes ongoing staff training and patient/family education.
SafeTGlow provides innovative and energy efficient fiber optic and LED lighting solutions to the healthcare, residential, and commercial industries.
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