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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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Patient Safety Week—Bringing Awareness to Consumers and Health Care Professionals

March 15, 2017

Patient Safety Awareness Week continues through Saturday, March 18. The week, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is the culmination of the United in Patient Safety campaign. The work aims to increase awareness about patient safety.

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Two Health Care Improvement Giants Will Merge in Spring to Tackle Patient Safety and Quality

March 14, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) plan to merge on May 1. Both organizations are focused on health care improvements, but the merger will allow experts to pursue a system-based approach to patient safety rather than project-based methods that are fragmented.

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Number of Cases Decline, but Flu Remains Widespread in Pennsylvania

March 09, 2017

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s weekly influenza report, the number of flu cases in the state have declined for the third straight week. Despite the downward trend, flu activity remains widespread and is circulating in at least half the state.

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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PA Hospitals Aim to Reduce Sepsis Mortality by 20%

January 20, 2017

As part of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), HAP is partnering with acute care hospitals to reduce post-operative sepsis and overall sepsis mortality by 20 percent. 

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

January 10, 2017

Through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), and in partnership with Quality Insights, HAP today launched a new collaborative to improve patient safety and reduce harm. The Health Care-Associated Infections (HAI) initiative focuses on the prevention of infections that can occur in hospitalized patients.

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National ‘Scorecard’ Demonstrates Improved Safety in Hospitals; Opportunity for Continued Improvement Through HAP

December 20, 2016

The Agency for Health Research and Quality has recently released an update of its National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions. The scorecard represents demonstrable progress over a five-year period to improve patient safety in hospitals. Preliminary estimates for 2015 show a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions since 2010.

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PA Patient Safety Advisory Highlights Value of Improving Safety

December 19, 2016

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) recently published an article, “The Value of Improving Patient Safety in Pennsylvania,” in its monthly Patient Safety Advisory. The article includes key findings about efforts in Pennsylvania to reduce harm events, and highlights a variety of factors associated with improving patient safety.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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New Report Examines Effects of Affordable Care Act Repeal on Hospitals and Health Systems

December 08, 2016

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals recently released a report that quantifies the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on hospitals and health systems.

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State, Federal Efforts Focus on Flu Prevention as Peak Season Nears

December 05, 2016

While seasonal flu activity varies, it usually peaks between December and February and can last as late as May. With December a frequent time for families and friends to get together, Pennsylvania hospitals, along with other state and federal organizations, are encouraging hospital employees and the general public to receive a flu vaccine.

 

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WHO Releases New Guidelines to Prevent Surgical Site Infections and Superbugs

November 14, 2016

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), surgical site infections in the United States add more than 400,000 hospital days each year, and account for $900 million in avoidable health care-related costs. Working to reduce surgical site infections globally, WHO has released 29 recommendations aimed at preventing infections before and during surgery.

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