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Mtn. View joins hospital safety campaign


   Mountain View Hospital has announced that it has joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign, a national campaign to dramatically reduce incidents of medical harm in U.S. hospitals.
   "I am proud that Mountain View Hospital's Board of Directors, administration, and caregivers have embraced our efforts to improve the delivery of healthcare," said Suzi Bean, director of quality at Mountain View Hospital.
   The 5 Million Lives Campaign asks hospitals to improve the care they provide in order to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over a 24-month period, ending Dec. 9, 2008. It represents a continuation of the largest improvement effort undertaken in recent history by the healthcare industry.
   The campaign was formally unveiled on Dec. 12, 2006, and has been endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
   The 5 Million Lives Campaign builds upon the success of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, in which 3,100 participating hospitals reduced inpatient deaths by an estimated 122,000 in 18 months through overall improvement in care, including improvement associated with six interventions recommended by the initiative.
   The new campaign will promote the adoption of up to 12 improvements in care that can save lives and reduce patient injuries, and it aims to enroll even more hospitals than participated in the previous campaign.
   "In our hospital, we are lucky to have a group of healthcare providers very dedicated to healing and compassion," Bean sais. "We have had enthusiastic participation in the 100,000 Lives Campaign from the entire staff of caregivers, and because of this, our first four projects have been very successful."
   " We are excited to begin the next phase of the campaign. Through both campaigns, IHI has given us tools and resources to use for improving our systems," noted Bean.
   Mountain View Hospital took part in the 100,000 Lives Campaign, focusing especially on implementing the following interventions:
   ú Rapid Response Teams -- A team consisting of an in-house physician, intensive care nurse, and a respiratory therapist who are available 24 hours a day to come quickly to the patient's bedside and assist the nurse.
   ú Surgical Infection Prevention & Central Line Infection Prevention -- A team from inpatient and surgical services are enacting guidelines and educating staff about standards for preventing infections.
   ú Medication Reconciliation -- Pharmacy, nursing, physicians, and management are working together to educate and teach the patient to accurately track their medications.
   Mountain View Hospital plans to implement and continue working on the following interventions as part of their participation in the 5 Million Lives Campaign:
   ú Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus infection ... by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices throughout the hospital.
   ú Reduce harm from high-alert medications ... starting with a focus on anticoagulants (blood thinners), sedatives, narcotics, and insulin.
   ú Reduce surgical complications ... by reliably implementing the changes in care recommended by the Surgical Care Improvement Project.
   ú Prevent pressure ulcers ... by reliably using science-based guidelines for prevention of this serious and common complication.
   ú Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for congestive heart failure to reduce readmissions.
   ú Get boards on board by defining and spreading new and leveraged processes for the hospital's board of directors, so they can become far more effective in accelerating the improvement of care.
   For more information on the 5 Million Lives Campaign and Mountain View Hospital's healthcare improvement plans, contact Suzi Bean, director of quality at 475-3882, Ext. 2511.