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Stay on top of the latest information related to reducing preventable patient harm. Here you will find the latest news and noteworthy best practices from peer hospitals and others that continue to expand national progress toward better patient care, smarter healthcare spending, and healthier people.

  • Effective Disinfection of Clostridioides difficile Contaminant

    Friday, October 5, 2018
    While appropriate testing for the Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) contaminant is a critical component of hospital-acquired CDI (HACDI) identification, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH) and Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) have established a best practice on the proper cleaning and...

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  • Pressure Injury Prevention in an Acute Care Hospital

    Monday, October 1, 2018
    Pressure injuries can occur at any point during a patient’s stay in an acute care hospital. Due to the pervasive risk of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI), Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has focused extensive resources to preventing these adverse events from occurring while our...

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  • Multidisciplinary Teamwork Leads to Successful Sepsis Care

    Tuesday, September 4, 2018
    Barton Healthcare System in South Lake Tahoe, California, shares its Sepsis (SEP-1) performance improvement implementation strategy. Prior to implementation of the Sep-1 Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock measure, Barton Health started to prepare its staff members by first auditing...

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  • Sustaining Improvements With Falls

    Monday, August 6, 2018
    At Inter-Community Hospital in Covina, California, patients are continually assessed for identifiable fall risk factors during admission and placed on appropriate intervention strategies. A review of the latest evidence-based practice in fall prevention did not identify any missing components of...

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  • Class Is in Session! Falls University: A Key Strategy in Sustaining an Effective Falls Prevention Program

    Friday, July 27, 2018
    Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Central California, underwent a falls prevention program redesign in 2013. The work of Patricia Quigley, PhD, RN, served as the framework for the redesign. Outcomes data were analyzed in an effort to identify unit-level and organizational opportunities for...

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  • Engaging First Responders in Early Sepsis Identification

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    Engaging first responders in early sepsis identification working to improve health outcomes in patients diagnosed with sepsis has extended beyond the walls of Covenant Hospital Levelland, a Providence St. Joseph Health Hospital in Texas. Research indicates that reduced sepsis mortality is...

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  • Ventilator-Associated Event Harm Prevention Is a Team Support

    Monday, July 9, 2018
    Oak Valley Hospital District in Oakdale, California, has created strategies to help prevent ventilator-associated events (VAEs). Preventing harm to patients is everyone’s responsibility. This approach is very evident in the strategy for conducting surveillance and eliminating VAEs. This...

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  • The Queen of the Valley Experience

    Friday, June 22, 2018
    Queen of the Valley Medical Center part of the Providence St. Joseph Health System in Napa, California, has shared strategies for quality improvement and patient safety. Staff members at Queen of the Valley Medical Center are empowered to impact positive change in their departments, by reviewing...

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  • One Organization's Readmission Reduction Best Practices

    Thursday, June 14, 2018
    The success Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, experienced readmission reduction is due to the regional approach. This regional approach that is taken consists of: Multidisciplinary Case Review—Includes provider specialist for cardiac and orthopedic readmission cases, with formulation of...

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  • One Organization's S.A.F.E. Toileting Campaign

    Thursday, June 7, 2018
    Providence St. Joseph Health Mission Hospital—Mission Viejo and Mission Laguna Beach continues its journey to eliminate anticipated falls with harm. The Fall Prevention Taskforce analyzes unit-specific data on an ongoing basis to identify opportunities for improvement. When the hospital noted that...

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