Independence Blue Cross Extends Funding to Enhance Patient Safety at Area Hospitals
Launched in 2006 with IBC’s three-year financial support of
“I congratulate IBC for once again showing its strong commitment to working with hospitals on making our region one of the safest places in the country to receive care,” said
“The Partnership for Patient Care unites health care professionals with a common goal to make health care safer for everybody. It also reaffirms the fact that when many different stakeholders work together as one the quality of care for all can only improve,” said
Since the Partnership began, its projects have:
- improved adoption of processes that prevent surgical site infections, such as increased control of blood sugar levels in patients about to undergo surgery and optimized use of antibiotics before and after surgery;
- implemented best practices for the prevention of central line associated blood infections;
- helped prevent life-threatening blood clots that can develop during hospitalization;
- improved the prevention of patient falls and initiated region-wide standardization of falls reporting;
- enhanced monitoring of medications to prevent harmful drug interactions and dosing errors; and
- raised awareness about the threat of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) through the Fight MRSA! Alliance.
The Partnership is currently working on several projects, including preventing pressure ulcers and continuing to raise awareness about antibiotic-resistant staph infections through a new campaign called Students Fight MRSA.
Future initiatives will be centered on helping hospitals foster “high reliability” health care – the consistent delivery of safe, high-quality care that delivers the best possible experience for all patients. With this data-driven, behavioral science-informed approach, hospitals undergo rigorous, individualized analyses to identify patterns of weakness or vulnerability in their safety performance. These assessments detect the underlying factors limiting performance and suggest the most appropriate ways to address them.
Depending on the nature of the problem, safety improvements could take many forms, including staff education, new equipment or technology, revised safety practices, or enhanced measurement and accountability. Through this process, hospitals will develop long-term cultural and systemic changes to assure safety, rather than focusing on short-term initiatives that target narrow issues.
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About The Health Care Improvement Foundation
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SOURCE Independence Blue Cross