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)
CentraCare Health System – Melrose
Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center, Wabasha
Deer River HealthCare Center
Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet
Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids
Pipestone County Medical Center
Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Wyoming
Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul
Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents Minnesota's hospitals and health systems.
SOURCE Minnesota Hospital Association