New Albany, Ind. – The results are in after a three-year campaign to prevent harm and reduce readmissions for hospital patients across the nation, and participating Indiana hospitals such as Baptist Health Floyd are showing significant progress. The new findings come just as hospitals around the country celebrate National Hospital Week beginning May 10 – a celebration of the men and women who support the health of their communities through dedication and compassionate care.
From 2012-2014, 116 Indiana hospitals partnered with the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Partnership for Patients campaign. Guided by the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Engagement Network, the goal was to make care safer by decreasing hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and reducing hospital readmissions by 20 percent.
Participating hospitals worked to improve care in 11 core patient safety areas of focus, such as early elective deliveries and pressure ulcers. Staff participated in educational meetings and trainings to increase improvement capacity and provided data tracking and reporting for each topic to encourage further awareness and monitoring.
Baptist Health Floyd confirmed 187 harms were prevented, resulting in an estimated $1.1 million in health care cost savings during the three-year period. A total of 88 unnecessary readmissions also were prevented with a cost savings of more than $775,000.
Of the $1.1 million, $378,000 was saved through the prevention of 17 venous thromboembolisms (VTE), the leading cause of complications and preventable hospital deaths due to blood clots that may form as a result of limited patient mobility during hospital stays.
The three-year period of the Partnership for Patients campaign also produced significant improvement by Baptist Health Floyd to reduce early elective deliveries, which can put mothers and babies at risk. By prohibiting the scheduling of early elective deliveries (EED) before 39 weeks, hospitals in Indiana reduced EEDs by 76 percent, and more than 50 birthing hospitals were recognized by IHA and the March of Dimes. Baptist Health Floyd reduced its own early elective deliveries by 26 deliveries.
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“When it comes to patient safety, Indiana hospitals don’t compete with one another – they collaborate to share best practices, address regional needs and work together on quality improvements for the sake of their patients and the communities they serve,” said Doug Leonard, president of IHA. “We are extremely proud of the results achieved during the Partnership for Patients campaign that highlight the tremendous accomplishments of our hospitals and reflect leadership commitment to quality and patient safety.”
“These outstanding improvements wouldn’t be possible without the excellent work of our dedicated associates. Through collaboration and teamwork, we are committed to doing what is in the best interest of the patient. These results validate our commitment to all we serve,” said Dan Eichenberger, MD, Interim CEO.