Patient Safety Excellence Award
The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award honors superior efforts in preventing adverse health events, specifically efforts to prevent pressure ulcers, or bedsores; falls; wrong-site surgical or other invasive procedures; and foreign objects unintentionally left behind during labor and delivery.
The award is given to hospitals that are actively participating in one of MHA’s safety campaigns — SAFE SKIN, SAFE from FALLS, SAFE SITE, SAFE COUNT and SAFE ACCOUNT — which are based on national and state best practices. They also incorporate lessons learned from participating hospitals that experienced adverse health events.
Each quarter, participating hospitals measure their progress in implementing the road map of best practices. Awardees must implement at least 90 percent of each campaign’s required measures. For example, a measure from SAFE SKIN requires hospitals to reposition immobile patients every two hours if such patients are at risk for developing pressure ulcers.
As of December 2013, 59 hospitals have attained a 90 percent or higher rate of achievement in all five safety campaigns. And 28 hospitals have achieved the 90 percent or higher rate in at least four safety campaigns.
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Below are the most recent Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients from December 2013:
- CentraCare Health - Melrose: SAFE SITE
- Essentia Health-Deer River: SAFE COUNT
- Essentia Health Northern Pines, Aurora: SAFE SKIN
- New Ulm Medical Center: SAFE ACCOUNT
- RC Hospital & Clinics, Olivia: SAFE SKIN, SAFE from FALLS
- Sanford Canby Medical Center: SAFE from FALLS, SAFE SITE
- St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth: SAFE ACCOUNT