Twelve Minnesota Hospitals Win Latest Patient Safety Awards

Sep 12, 2011, 16:46 ET from Minnesota Hospital Association

Program works to prevent adverse health events

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A dozen Minnesota hospitals each won a Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Award this month.

The initiative recognizes organizations' efforts to prevent pressure ulcers, (under the association's SAFE SKIN campaign); falls (under the SAFE from FALLS program); wrong-site surgical or other invasive procedures (under the SAFE SITE program); and foreign objects unintentionally left behind following surgery (under the SAFE ACCOUNT campaign) and during labor and delivery (under the SAFE COUNT initiative).

Awards are bestowed quarterly in the program that is more than three years old. Most Minnesota hospitals have already won some, if not all, of the five types of awards available. Hospitals must re-qualify for awards each round.

The association's safety campaigns are based on national and state best practices. They also incorporate lessons learned from hospitals that experienced adverse health events.

Awardees must implement at least 90 percent of each campaign's required measures. One such measure, for instance, requires hospitals to reposition immobile patients every two hours if such patients are at risk for developing pressure ulcers.

To learn more, visit MHA's Web site at www.mnhospitals.org.

Minnesota Hospital Association
Patient Safety Excellence Awards Winners:

June 2011 (publicized September 2011)


Award

Hospital

SAFE COUNT

CentraCare Health System – Melrose

SAFE COUNT

Saint Elizabeth's  Medical Center, Wabasha

SAFE SKIN

Deer River HealthCare Center

SAFE SITE

Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet

SAFE SITE

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids

SAFE SITE

Pipestone County Medical Center

SAFE ACCOUNT

Buffalo Hospital

SAFE ACCOUNT

Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul

SAFE ACCOUNT

Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Wyoming

SAFE ACCOUNT

Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville

SAFE ACCOUNT

Gillette Children's Specialty  Healthcare, St. Paul

SAFE ACCOUNT

Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater




The Minnesota Hospital Association represents Minnesota's hospitals and health systems.

SOURCE Minnesota Hospital Association



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