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The AHRQ Quality Indicators Program Release New Case Studies About Implementation, Impact of the Patient Safety Indicators

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The AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) program has shared two new case studies about the implementation and impact of the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) by two health systems as part of a larger effort to improve the quality and safety of the care they provide.

  1. AHRQ Quality IndicatorsTM Case Study: Essentia Health: Essentia Health-Fargo reduced PSI 15 (Accidental Puncture or Laceration Rate) from a rate of 1.2 events per 1000 eligible procedures in 2013 to 0.07 in the first half of 2015 (a 94 percent decrease). Essentia Health has also improved the quality of care for treatment of pressure ulcers (PSI 03) and achieved a decline in perioperative hemorrhage or hematoma incidences (PSI 09).
  2. AHRQ Quality IndicatorsTM Case Study: Yale New Haven Health System: Between 2012 and 2014, while most hospitals experienced rising costs, the expense to YNHHS per equivalent discharge was reduced by 4.6 percent, decreasing from $16,390 to $15,635.

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