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Take action to fight the flu

By AHA STAT Staff
October 12, 2017

One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.

Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk for flu complications. This includes people 65 years and older, young children and people with chronic conditions such as asthma or heart disease. And, people who care for or live... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: safety, prevention

Continuously improving care

By AHA STAT Staff
August 21, 2017

Looking for more evidence of the stellar work being done in health care across the country? You’ll find it in the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHA has worked closely with AHRQ on a number of safety and quality-improvement initiatives, including efforts to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

The agency’s report says health care quality continued to improve overall... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, safety, culture of safety

Talk about patient safety

By AHA STAT Staff
March 10, 2017

March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.

This year's theme is again “United for Patient Safety,” and it highlights the role that all of us in health care play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.

The AHA has collected... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, safety, culture of safety

Continuing the Patient Safety Journey

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
October 5, 2016

As the new president and CEO of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), I am thrilled that HRET has been selected as one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

The Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network, or HIIN, contracts build upon the collective and extraordinary momentum of the Hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, QIO, quality, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, readmissions, safety, HENs

Honoring Quality Care at the State Level

By AHA STAT Staff
June 14, 2016

Today, the American Hospital Association announced the Maryland Hospital Association as the recipient of the 2016 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality. The Ohio Hospital Association and Kansas Hospital Association were selected as honorable mentions for the 2016 award.

The award, given to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, awards

Promising Results in CAUTI Reduction

By Kenneth P. Anderson, D.O., M.S., CPE
June 3, 2016

While hospitals have made great strides in reducing—or in some cases, eliminating—many health care-associated infections, reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTI, has been an elusive goal. Now results from a national project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and led by AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) show that it’s possible to reduce CAUTI.

The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published a paper... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety

Thank You To All Nurses

By Pamela A. Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN
May 12, 2016

Congratulations to all of my nursing colleagues as we celebrate National Nurses Week. It is important that we take time to pause to recognize the valuable contributions that nurses make each and every day. The focus of this year’s Nurses Week is Culture of Safety: It Starts With You. Nurses understand the critical nature of keeping our patients safe. No matter where they practice, nurses have a professional charge to maintain the safety for patients, families, clients and all who... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, Caregivers, nurses, workforce

Shining the Spotlight on Patient Safety

By Maulik Joshi
March 14, 2016

This week, health care organizations and patient groups across the country are engaging in activities for Patient Safety Awareness Week, under the banner of United for Patient Safety. This is the week where we recognize all the progress hospitals and health systems have made to keep patients, but we also know there is more work to be done.

A major way hospitals and health systems continue on the improvement path is through the second-generation of the Hospital Engagement Network,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, Hospital Engagement Networks, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

Further Confirmation of Transformation

By Rich Umbdenstock
July 31, 2015

The Journal of the American Medical Association uses the term “jaw-dropping” to describe the conclusions of a new study that finds deaths, hospitalizations and costs all going down for patients in Medicare’s traditional “fee-for-service” program. (Data were not available for managed care patients.) We see it as further confirmation of the progress hospitals are making in improving quality and safety while curbing costs – truly transforming health care. Hospital price growth, as... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, safety, price

Patient Safety Begins with YOU

By Rich Umbdenstock
October 10, 2014

Patient safety is a responsibility taken on by every individual who chooses to work in a hospital. All of us have the power to think and act in ways that keep patients safe. That means that everyone must use every tool at our disposal to avoid infection. That includes following CDC recommendations to get an annual flu vaccine. Our responsibility for patient safety means that we all must employ appropriate infection control procedures, not just when an infectious disease such as... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety
 

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