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Grand Itasca Recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association for Patient Safety Initiative

1/15/2015

Grand Rapids, MN - For the past three years, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital has participated in a patient safety initiative as part of the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network, which is supported by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). The initiative worked to address and decrease the top 10 hospital acquired conditions (HACs) across the state, which include pressure ulcers, falls, obstetrical adverse events, venous thromboembolism, adverse drug events, surgical site infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line-associated bloodstream infections and readmissions.

 

Grand Rapids, MN - For the past three years, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital has participated in a patient safety initiative as part of the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network, which is supported by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). The initiative worked to address and decrease the top 10 hospital acquired conditions (HACs) across the state, which include pressure ulcers, falls, obstetrical adverse events, venous thromboembolism, adverse drug events, surgical site infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line-associated bloodstream infections and readmissions.

Grand Itasca has placed a strong focus on eliminating elective deliveries before full term pregnancy is reached.“Research shows that important development takes place in the baby's brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy,” said Joyce Werhand, RN, Director of Women’s Health and Birth “ Decreasing the rate of elective deliveries means healthier babies and that our patients are receiving safe, evidence-based care.”

In addition, the surgeons and staff at Grand Itasca have worked diligently to implement proven strategies for reducing surgical site infection. Collaboration between multiple departments has allowed Grand Itasca to carry out national standards in hand hygiene and environmental sanitation. Surgical Services Director, Brenda McIntyre, RN, said, “ We served as one of the pilot hospitals for the development of best practices around pre-surgical bathing, wound care, glycemic control and antibiotic dosing.”

“We are very happy to have participated in the Partnership for Patients initiative,” said Lynn Schweiberger, Quality Director at Grand Itasca, “Improving the quality of care for our patients is our number one priority and by reducing these common HACs we are helping our patients stay safe and healthy.”

With over 3,700 participating hospitals, Partnership for Patients was the largest national patient safety and quality improvement initiative. Statewide results included a 54% reduction in pressure ulcers, a 69% decrease in central line associated blood stream infection and a 94% decrease in early elective deliveries. MHA members collectively improved safety across the board by 37%, prevented 12,000 patients from being harmed and saved over 93 million dollars.


Grand Itasca Nursing Leadership and Quality pictured with the MHA Partnership for Patients award.
Left to right: Sandy Lenarz, RN, Brenda McIntyre, RN, Lynn Schweiberger, Joyce Werhand, RN,
Gerry Wyland, PT, and Kathy Helmbrecht, RN.

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