The Illinois Hospital Association released a report last Thursday indicating that the number of preventable harmful events that occurred in Illinois hospitals decreased this past year over the year prior. This is good news.
The report, entitled: Raising the Bar: A Call to Action, was released as a progress report on the initiative started three years ago to reduce the number of hospital-acquired conditions, infections and inpatient readmissions. In that initiative, 200 hospitals and health systems in Illinois pledged to engage in “Raising The Bar” by reaffirming their commitment to reducing hospital-acquired problems in patient health care.
The categories of hospital acquired conditions included central line-associated bloodstream infections (29.2% reduction), pressure ulcers (40%), ventilator-associated pneumonia (12.9%), obstetrical adverse events/early elective deliveries (9.4%), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (12.7%), patient falls (5.6%), venous thromboembolism (1.2%), surgical-site infections (6.1%), adverse drug events (1.9%) and all-cause readmissions (constant). The report found clear reductions in seven out of these ten categories resulting in the prevention of 843 instances of patient harm. The total estimated monetary cost of the harm reduction was $18,165,040.
A copy of the report, “Raising the Bar, A Call to Action,” can be found here.