Denver Hospice Announces Improvements to Inpatient Care Center

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New beds, medication delivery system further commitment to “very best” level of care 

Continuing its commitment to the highest standards of quality and care, The Denver Hospice announced recent advances at The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry.

The improvements, new patient beds, and an upgraded medication delivery system provide a standard of patient care and safety rarely found in an inpatient hospice setting, said Melinda Egging, president of not-for-profit The Denver Hospice. “The improvements are part of our commitment to securing the very best for our patients, to make their time with us the best it can be.”

The new beds include features that improve patient comfort, including safety lights that can be seen by a clinician from the doorway to reduce patient interruptions, a built-in scale so that patients can be weighed without being moved for accurate medication dosing, and additional mechanical features to help patients sit up or move to a different position with ease. 

“The beds provide an extra layer of safety for our patients and also help our staff avoid injuries and be more efficient,” said Stacey Stafford, clinical manager at the center.

The Denver Hospice’s new medication delivery system, Human Scale carts, is typically found only in hospitals. The Human Scale cart is an all-in-one workstation for clinicians. The carts can be equipped with all patient medications for the duration of a clinician’s shift, and it will track what medications are dispensed, and to which patients, helping ensure patients are getting the right medications at the right time. In addition, clinicians use the Human Scale carts to electronically enter patient care documentation and notes in real time, conduct internet research, and complete time cards. 

“We can bring the carts into patient rooms, and we can collect patient and family information and enter it into the system right away, which gives us more time to spend with patients at the bedside,” Stafford explained.

The Inpatient Care Center serves those who need aggressive pain and symptom management in a home-like setting. Visitors are welcome 24-7, and amenities include a family dining room, day rooms, a multi-faith chapel, library and hydro-therapy spa. Each room has its own outdoor patio and gardens; walkways and high-tech innovations add to the light-filled ambiance of the center. Watch this video to tour the Inpatient Care Center.

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