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Ohio Business, Health Care Leaders' Collaboration to Improve Patient Safety Results in Estimated Annual Savings of Nearly $13 Million
Date:1/18/2011

spitals worked to reduce surgical site infection rates for cardiac, neurosurgery, and orthopedic procedures and to reduce medication errors.  

Central Ohio hospitals have accomplished an 11 percent reduction in hospital-onset MRSA isolates (incidences of MRSA that occur anywhere on the patient, not just in the bloodstream), a 42 percent reduction in MRSA bloodstream infections and a 37 percent reduction of catheter-associated blood borne infections. These reductions have saved 14 lives, eliminated an estimated 918 additional patient days spent in the hospital and saved approximately $7.5 million per year in unnecessary health care costs in Central Ohio hospitals.

The state's children's hospitals have achieved a 60 percent reduction in surgical site infections and a 34.5 percent reduction in adverse drug events, saving 3,583 children from unnecessary harm and $5.3 million in unnecessary health costs.

"For more than 10 years, statewide and regional efforts to improve quality and patient safety have been underway and yielding substantial results, including the work of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association's Quality Improvement Collaborative and the Ohio Hospital Association's award-winning quality improvement efforts," said David Engler, PhD, vice president, OHA Quality Institute.  "Solutions for Patient Safety was a logical next step for these efforts, as it created opportunities to build quality improvement systems within and across institutions that will have a positive impact on patient care for years to come."

As health care providers worked within the clinical setting, the Ohio Business Roundtable worked with the hospitals to engage health care leaders and boards of trustees in promoting a culture of safety at Ohio's health care institutions. More than 135 leaders from businesses across the state participated in three training sessions about how to best promote safety and quality improvement.

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