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Minnesota hospitals make care safer

In its annual patient safety report, Minnesota hospitals participating in the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) recorded the prevention of more than 6,200 readmissions; 682 fewer patients developed a pressure ulcer; 512 fewer patients experienced a fall; and 300 early elective deliveries were avoided.  The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) HEN is one of 26 HENs across the U.S. working to reduce 10 hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent. Hospitals are identifying solutions already working to reduce health care-acquired conditions and are working to spread the information to other hospitals and health care providers.  The 113 participating hospitals in the MHA HEN are focused on the top 10 hospital-acquired conditions: adverse drug events; health care-associated infections (catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated events); injuries from falls; obstetrical adverse events including elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation; pressure ulcers; preventable readmissions; and venous thromboembolism.

Read more: http://www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety/partnership-for-patients

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