Part of national work to enhance patient safety, affordability
ST. PAUL, Minn.
– Minnesota hospitals and health systems have prevented more than 12,000 patients
from being harmed and saved more than $93 million as a result of a reduction in
hospital-acquired conditions from 2010-13. Nationwide, hospitals prevented 1.3
million patient harms and saved more than $12 billion in health spending,
according to a report
issued today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
the largest improvements were in the number of hospital readmissions prevented;
reduction in elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation; fewer patient
falls; fewer adverse drug events; fewer infections; and fewer patients
experiencing a pressure ulcer. The efforts were part of the federal Partnership
for Patients initiative in which 115 Minnesota hospitals participated over the
past three years. Partnership
for Patients is a public-private partnership designed to help improve the
quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans.
earned a national reputation for providing high quality patient-centered care,
and we are working hard every day to make it better and more affordable,” said
Lawrence Massa, president and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association. “Our
hospitals are committed to providing high quality, safe care for patients, and
these efforts demonstrate the commitment of our caregivers. Every patient
deserves care that is tailored to them.”
leaders and members of the care team to patients and families, hospitals
achieved these improvements by developing an infrastructure that provides
evidence-based best practices, tools and resources to prevent adverse events
from happening. Another key area of focus is hospital caregivers engaging
patients and families as important partners in their care.
about Minnesota hospitals efforts to improve patient safety at www.mnhospitals.org/patientsafety.