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Stony Brook University Hospital Joins IHI's "5 Million Lives" Campaign.


IHI Estimates that 15 Million Incidents of Patient Harm Occur in U.S. Hospitals Each Year

As part of its commitment to raise awareness and promote patient safety during National Patient Safety Awareness Week, Stony Brook University Hospital today announced that it has joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvements (IHI) "Protecting 5 Million Lives From Harm" campaign. "5 Million Lives" is a national campaign to reduce dramatically the incidents of medical harm in U.S. hospitals. By participating in the campaign, SBUH pledges to improve the care it provides in order to help achieve IHI’s goal to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over a 24-month period, ending December 9, 2008.

There is no cost for hospitals to participate in the 5 Million Lives campaign though there is an obligation to adopt at least one intervention and an expectation of regularly reporting hospital profile and mortality data throughout the campaign.

As a successful participant in IHI’s first campaign, "Saving 100,000 Lives," SBUH implemented all of IHI’s six interventions, and was cited as a mentor hospital in the prevention of central line infections.

"Stony Brook University Hospital was successful in exceeding its goal as a participant in IHI’s Saving 100,000 Lives campaign," said Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital. "Many of the approaches introduced in the 100,000 Lives campaign were already underway at Stony Brook when the campaign was introduced. Using IHI’s interventions in conjunction with our own, we had measurable improvement in all of the areas of focus."

Under IHI’s 100,000 Lives campaign, Stony Brook’s initial goal was to save an additional 121 lives during the 18-month campaign period, which is an estimated two lives saved per 1000 discharges. Actual mortality reporting data indicates an additional 242 lives were saved at Stony Brook through December 2006, which amounts to four lives saved per 1000 discharges.

"We are excited and motivated to move ahead with this next level of commitment," said Dr. Strongwater. "Indeed, we plan to implement and continue working on all 12 interventions as part of its participation in the 5 Million Lives campaign, six of which we continue to focus on as part of the 100,000 Lives campaign."

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 – including those initiated in the 100,000 Lives campaign (detailed below) that can save lives and reduce patient injuries, and it aims to enroll even more hospitals than participated in the 100,000 Lives campaign.

"No one in health care can feel comfortable with the magnitude of infections, adverse drug events, and other complications that hospital patients endure. Dozens of organizations and programs are now working to reduce that toll. They deserve encouragement. This Campaign joins those efforts, and seeks leverage and scale that our nation has never had before to make care safe - everywhere." said Donald Berwick, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. "We can, and we will, equip all willing health care providers with the tools they need to make the motto, ‘First, do no harm,’ a reality."

IHI estimates that 15 million incidents of medical harm occur in U.S. hospitals each year. This estimate of overall national harm is based on IHI’s extensive experience in studying injury rates in hospitals, which reveals that between 40 to 50 incidents of harm occur for every 100 hospital admissions. With 37 million admissions in the United States each year (according to the AHA’s National Hospital Survey for 2005) this equates to approximately 15 million harm events annually - or 40,000 incidents of harm in U.S. hospitals every day.

IHI defines "medical harm" as unintended physical injury resulting from or contributed to by medical care (including the absence of indicated medical treatment) that requires additional monitoring, treatment or hospitalization, or results in death. (Please consult www.ihi.org for a detailed definition of medical harm.)

SBUH will implement and, or continue working on the following interventions as part of its participation in the 5 Million Lives campaign:

  • Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection...by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices throughout the hospital
  • Reduce harm from high-alert medications...starting with a focus on anticoagulants, sedatives, narcotics, and insulin
  • Reduce surgical complications...by reliably implementing the changes in care recommended by the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)
  • Prevent pressure ulcers...by reliably using science-based guidelines for prevention of this serious and common complication
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for congestive heart failure…to reduce readmissions
  • Get Boards on board…by defining and spreading new and leveraged processes for hospital Boards of Directors, so they can become far more effective in accelerating the improvement of care
SBUH will also continue the following six initiatives outlined in the new campaign, which have been ongoing and monitored as part of its participation in the 100,000 Lives campaign:
  • Deploy Rapid Response Teams… at the first sign of patient decline – and before catastrophic cardiac or respiratory event.
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for acute myocardial infarction…to prevent deaths from heart attack.
  • Prevent adverse drug events…by reconciling patient medications at every transition point in care.
  • Prevent central line infections…by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps.
  • Prevent surgical site infections…by following a series of steps, including reliable, timely administration of correct perioperative antibiotics.
  • Prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia…by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps.
The 5 Million Lives campaign represents a continuation of the largest improvement effort undertaken in recent history by the health care industry. It was formally unveiled on December 12, 2006 and has been endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission.

The 5 Million Lives campaign is made possible through the generous leadership and support of America’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans. IHI also acknowledges the leadership and support of the Cardinal Health Foundation, and the support of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Aetna Foundation, Baxter International, Inc., and Abbott Point-of-Care. This initiative builds on work begun in the 100,000 Lives campaign, supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Cardinal Health Foundation, the Rx Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Colorado Trust, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Baxter International, Inc., The Leeds Family, and the David Calkins Memorial Fund.

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