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SOURCE Minnesota Hospital Association
Annual report shows pressure ulcer prevention, drastic reduction of early elective deliveries and reduced readmissions
ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its annual patient safety report, Minnesota hospitals participating in the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) recorded the prevention of more than 6,200 readmissions; 682 fewer patients developed a pressure ulcer; 512 fewer patients experienced a fall; and 300 early elective deliveries were avoided.
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) HEN is one of 26 HENs across the U.S. working to reduce 10 hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent. Hospitals are identifying solutions already working to reduce health care-acquired conditions and are working to spread the information to other hospitals and health care providers.
"Minnesota has been recognized by other states as a leader in patient safety and quality care," said Lawrence Massa, president and CEO of MHA. "Our hospitals have made tremendous strides toward the Partnership's goals, but even more there is a greater emphasis on reducing all causes of harm, not just individual conditions."
The 113 participating hospitals in the MHA HEN are focused on the top 10 hospital-acquired conditions: adverse drug events; health care-associated infections (catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated events); injuries from falls; obstetrical adverse events including elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation; pressure ulcers; preventable readmissions; and venous thromboembolism. Key accomplishments include:
The MHA HEN has helped hospitals prevent adverse events by promoting the implementation of evidence-based strategies through the Call to Action framework to reduce health care-acquired conditions. This innovative approach prevents patient harm and provides the clinical best practices as well as the infrastructure necessary to help hospitals achieve quality measurement goals and embed sustainable best practices. This systemic approach also ensures consistency among organizations and across the state.
The MHA HEN contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was recently extended for an additional year. The option year one funding will allow Minnesota hospitals to continue the advances to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.
The Minnesota Hospital Association helps 144 hospitals and health systems provide quality care for their patients and communities.
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