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CDC, Infectious Disease Professionals Urge Action to Stop the Spread of Antibiotic-resistant Germs

April 06, 2018

In recent weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several associations of health care professionals stressed the importance of efforts to combat the spread of unusual germs that are resistant to all or most antibiotics or can spread their resistance to other germs.

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Study Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Treatment Costs Have Doubled Since 2002

March 26, 2018

A study published in Heath Affairs found that between 2002–2014, an estimated 14 million infections occurred each year in U.S. civilian non-institutionalized adults, and 1.2 million of them were due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA

March 22, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals work to improve the quality and safety of patient care. This week we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA to push back against negative social determinants of health and reduce health disparities.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 11–17, 2018

March 12, 2018

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11–17, 2018. This annual event, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation is designed to create awareness about patient safety and to empower consumers to take an active role in their health care. The focus this year is on patient engagement and safety culture.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: OSS Health

March 09, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care and implement programs to tackle societal challenges, such as the opioid crisis. Its impact is undeniable. It is the number one cause of accidental death, and four times more people die from overdoses than from automobile accidents.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Hahnemann University Hospital

March 02, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals work to improve the quality and safety of patient care. This week, we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Hahnemann University Hospital to reduce its rate of Clostridium difficile (CDI).

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New PHC4 Report Shows Pennsylvania Hospitals Making Progress to Address Clostridium difficile Infections

March 01, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report assessing the Pennsylvania hospital community’s progress to reduce Clostridium difficile infections (CDI).

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

February 22, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s award-winning program developed to improve the use of vascular access devices—the flexible tubes, or catheters, inserted into patients’ veins for therapeutic or diagnostic reasons.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center

January 25, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing two award-winning programs developed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center that improved patient care in the Oncology Intensive Care Unit and reduced hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

January 05, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. Each year, HAP honors hospitals and health systems for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through its annual Achievement Awards program. In 2017, HAP selected 13 winning programs from more than 100 entries.

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Leapfrog Group Issues Report on Hospital Safety

October 31, 2017

Today, the Leapfrog Group has released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades report that scores hospitals with letter grades to assess infection prevention and cleanliness, support of “strong health care teams,” and error prevention. The report is one of many quality resources that supply information for health care consumers and patients.

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Acting Secretary of Health Kicks Off PA’s Sepsis Awareness Month at Conference Hosted by HAP

September 07, 2017

Yesterday, Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, unveiled the Governor’s proclamation declaring September 2017 as Sepsis Awareness Month in the commonwealth. HAP introduced ExSEPSIS, a new initiative designed to help hospitals and health systems reduce sepsis readmissions.

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Newly Released Report Confirms Continued Progress in Sepsis Advances

May 22, 2017

Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, released results relating to sepsis and septic shock care. Nearly 50,000 patient records were reviewed for compliance with timely protocol initiation.

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Hospitals Fight Antibiotic Resistance, Honor World Hand Hygiene Day

May 05, 2017

Today—May 5—is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual global reminder to health care workers to clean their hands at all the right times, every time. Many Pennsylvania hospitals are working together, as part of HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, to adopt innovative ways to achieve this goal and fight infections, especially those that have developed resistance to antibiotics and antivirals.

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HAP Welcomes Recommendations to Streamline Quality Measures

March 16, 2017

Today, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) issued a report recommending improvements to quality measures used in federal programs. MAP’s focus on quality measurement centers on ensuring better health care for patients and reduced burdens for providers.

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