Focus on patient safety and quality is paying off at Allina hospitals
MINNEAPOLIS 06/23/2008--Six Allina hospitals received Patient Safety Excellence Awards from the Minnesota Hospital Association, the MHA announced today. The awards honor hospitals that have implemented at least 90 percent of the best practices identified in safety campaigns to prevent harmful falls, pressure ulcers or bed sores, retention of surgical objects and wrong-site surgeries.
"Patient safety is a top priority at Allina, and I'm excited to see that our efforts are gaining state-wide recognition," said Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina chief clinical officer. "Through collaboration across Allina, as well as adopting best practices like those we helped develop with MHA, we are seeing measurable differences in the safety of the care we provide."
Safety campaign awards
Each quarter, the Minnesota Hospital Association recognizes hospitals that are actively participating in one of MHA's safety campaigns.
Dr. Wheeler credits programs such as hourly rounding, additional counting of surgical instruments and sponges, taking a "time out" before each surgery, and early identification of patients at risk for pressure ulcers, for safety and quality improvements at Allina hospitals.
About Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit health care system of hospitals, clinics, and other patient care services that provides exceptional care to communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin and employs more than 22,000 people. Allina facilities, services and jobs can be found online at allina.com.
For more about Allina's patient safety and quality efforts, go to allina.com/quality.
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