Through the Partnership, health care organizations across the country are identifying the causes of poor hand hygiene, which is a major cause of health care-associated infections, and are applying tested solutions to improve hand hygiene. Many of these organizations are already experiencing dramatic improvement in hand hygiene and have even eliminated infections in some cases.
Health care organizations have long struggled with the process of passing critical information about a patient from one caregiver to the next. Through the Partnership, organizations that have fully implemented solutions have dramatically improved safety and quality, reduced hospital readmissions, and achieved more efficient patient flow throughout their organizations.
Preventing Avoidable Heart Failure Hospitalizations
Among older adults, heart failure is the most common reason for admission to the hospital. Through the Partnership, hospitals and community-based physician practices are working together to address the preventable factors that worsen the health status and quality of life for these patients.
In October 2011, the Center for Transforming Healthcare launched its sixth project which aims to optimize behaviors and practices resulting in an improved safety culture that reinforces and supports the prevention of patient harm. A safety culture enables trust. It empowers staff to speak up about risks to patients, and report errors and near misses, all of which drive improvement.
Surgical Site Infections
The Surgical Site Infection project is focused on patients undergoing colorectal surgery and is uncovering the major contributing factors to surgical site infections. Proven-effective solutions targeted to all of these factors are being developed for widespread use by health care organizations.
Wrong Site Surgery
Wrong site surgery is a serious and preventable adverse event that should never happen. Through the Partnership, the causes of wrong site surgery have been identified and solutions to put a stop to these preventable breakdowns in patient care have been developed and tested.
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention
The Center for Transforming Healthcare announces its eleventh patient safety project, which aims to prevent rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. It has been estimated that up to 900,000 VTE’s occur per year resulting in approximately 100,000 deaths.
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