HENDERSON, Nev. – April 17, 2014 – Dignity Health, one of the five largest health systems in the nation, recently announced in two years it has reduced hospital-acquired infections and readmissions, positively affecting more than 10,000 patients and potentially saving an estimated $30 million as a result of efforts across the health system from January 2012 through December 2013. Locally:
Rose de Lima Campus has met and sustained its goals in the reduction of: falls, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and its goal for maintaining appropriate blood-sugar levels.
San Martín Campus has met and sustained its goals in the reduction of: Catheter-associated urinary tract infections, falls, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and its goal for maintaining appropriate blood-sugar levels.
Siena Campus has met and sustained its goals in the reduction of: Catheter-associated urinary-tract infections, early elective deliveries, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and its goal for maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels.
“St. Rose Dominican is proud of the quality care we bring to southern Nevada,” says Rod Davis, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “Our Siena campus was recently named as the area’s safest hospital by Consumer Reports and the most affordable by the Center for Health Information Analysis for Nevada. Our other two campuses, as well, have reached other laudable benchmarks and milestones in patient care. We continue to strive to offer patients the best-quality care in southern Nevada at an affordable price.”
In recognition of the health system’s ongoing successes, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services named Dignity Health as one of its Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks for a third consecutive year to continue implementing changes that improve patient care. The Hospital Engagement Networks, formed by the federal Partnership for Patients initiative and made possible by the Affordable Care Act, is making significant strides towards better patient care at an affordable cost.
As one of 26 hospital organizations and associations that comprise the national Hospital Engagement Network, Dignity Health focused on providing better quality care across 10 patient safety areas that were identified through the partnership. Dignity Health is committed to every initiative across all its hospitals, including seven new measures just launched in January this year. The efforts implemented across Dignity Health hospitals reveal that the organization has reached its goal of improving patient care in six out of the 10 patient safety areas before the three year target date.
Best Practices Add Up to Big Results
Dignity Health is closing in on its overall goal of reducing the rate of hospital-acquired infections by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent before 2015. To achieve this goal, the hospital system introduced specific evidence-based practices and bedside intervention activities, called MeasureVention, to evaluate full adoption of safe preventive practices and assure coordination of care at the bedside with clinicians, including physicians.
Best practices deployed system wide ensured procedures were conducted as routinely and as safely as possible. For example, nurses and doctors only inserted catheters if absolutely necessary, changing the previously presumed notion that catheters were innocuous, which led to a large decrease in urinary tract infections. Insulin treatments were given to patients at specific times in relation to their meals, lowering the overall hypoglycemic rate.
Dignity Health also enlisted the help of MeasureVentionists, nurses who have completed specialized training programs to examine current patients’ conditions, and measure their risk for infection and readmission. Through their work, MeasureVentionists were able to assess and document whether protocols were being followed, ultimately raising the bar of patient care across the system.