Patient Safety Awareness

In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14, 2015), QIO News is dedicating its entire March issue to this important topic, which spans from A” (Adverse Drug Events) to Z” (Zero Preventable Harm).

The QIO Program’s Patient Safety Program Lead discusses how QIN-QIOs are building on past successes to make health care safer across multiple settings. 
IPRO, the organization leading the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, recently developed some free tools to help providers prevent adverse drug events. 
A QIN-QIO’s pilot project in Florida shows promise for delivering tailored interventions and education to hospital units. 
A vibrant 72-year-old woman’s life was changed after a scheduled hip replacement surgery did not go as planned. 
Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicate that significant progress is being made in reducing healthcare-associated infections and hospital-acquired conditions. 
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute shares its findings on how transparency can facilitate safer care. 
All health care stakeholders can take an active role in the observance, which takes place March 8-14
Did You Know?
Over the course of 2011 to 2014, hospitals participating with QIOs contributed to a 53 percent relative improvement rate in central line-associated blood stream infection reduction and 85,149 fewer days with urinary catheters for Medicare beneficiaries.