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Barton Hospital receives national award

The capnography team at Barton Memorial Health recently won a national award.

Barton Memorial Hospital's capnography program was recently recognized by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit accreditation and certification organization, for "best clinical application."

Of 60 abstracts submitted, Barton received one of three national awards, according to a press release from Barton.

A capnography machine is a respiratory device that monitors a patient's breathing during anesthesia and intensive care.

Barton Hospital reduced risks and improved patient safety in the past four years by reviewing and improving prevention processes and implementing awareness programs, according to the press release. This included reduction of patient narcotic use, improved identification methods for at-risk patients, and additional physician and staff education.

"It is an honor to be nationally recognized for our improvements in our capnography program," said Christine O'Farrell, Barton Health's director of quality management, who accepted the award at a conference in January. "Our capnography team is comprised of physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists committed to making positive changes and helping our patients breathe easier."

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