Reducing Serious Safety Events and Priority Hospital-Acquired Conditions in a Pediatric Hospital with the Implementation of a Patient Safety Program

Amber R. Phipps, Melisa Paradis, Kimberly A. Peterson, Jill Jensen, Katie Nielsen, Mel Hall, Kari A Simonsen, Bridget M. Norton

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Abstract

Background: A freestanding children's hospital evaluated the impact of a patient safety program on serious safety events (SSEs) and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Methods: The No Harm Patient Safety Program was developed throughout the organization using a multifaceted approach that included safety moments, leadership rounding, cause analysis changes, event reporting enhancements, error prevention training, leadership training, identifying priority HACs, Eye on Safety Campaign, and safety coaches. The organization set strategic goals for improvement of SSEs and priority HACs. Results: The rate of SSEs decreased from 0.19 in 2014 to 0.09 in 2015. The rate significantly declined from 2015 to 2016 to a rate of 0.00, for a rate difference of −0.00009 (95% confidence interval [CI]: −0.00016, −0.00002; p = 0.012). The organization reached two years without an SSE in July 2017. The central line–associated bloodstream infection rate significantly declined from 2.8 per 1,000 line-days in 2015 to 1.6 in 2016, for a difference of −0.00118 (95% CI: −0.002270, −0.00008; p = 0.036). Surgical site infection rates declined from a 2015 rate of 3.8 infections per 100 procedures to a 2016 rate of 2.6 (p = 0.2962), and catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates declined from a 2015 rate of 2.7 per 1,000 catheter-days to a 2016 rate of 1.4 (p = 0.2770). Conclusion: The No Harm Patient Safety Program was interwoven into the organization's strategic mission and values, and key messaging was used to purposefully tie the many interventions being implemented back to it. These interventions were associated with improvements in patient safety outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-340
Number of pages7
JournalJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

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  • Leadership and Management

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