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All Washington Hospitals Commit To 100k Lives Campaign
- Saving Lives Through Hospital Quality Improvement
SEATTLE, Wash. – June 21, 2005 –One hundred percent of community hospitals in Washington State have committed to participate in a remarkable campaign to save 100,000 lives nationwide through hospital quality improvement. The 100k Lives Campaign, founded by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is the first of its kind – a national campaign to institute changes that will save 100,000 lives using proven best clinical practices and methods. This groundbreaking effort gives hospitals concrete, science-based interventions to save lives.
The national campaign seeks to save 100,000 lives by June 2006 and has already enlisted 2,000 hospitals across the country, totaling more than one third of all hospitals. All community hospitals in Washington State have joined the campaign. Washington is the first state of its size to have full hospital participation.
“We are thrilled that one hundred percent of Washington State hospitals will be participating in the 100k Lives Campaign. Washington hospitals have long-standing commitments to patient safety,” said Scott Bond, chief executive officer of Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and chair of the Washington State Hospital Association. “This campaign offers significant improvements to ensure hospitals are providing the highest quality care possible for patients.”
Participating hospitals are implementing some or all of six life-saving best practices. These practices are proven to significantly improve health care quality and safety. They are:
- Deploying rapid-response teams at the first sign of patient decline;
- Delivering evidence-based care for patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack);
- Implementing medication reconciliation — listing and evaluating all of a patient's drugs to prevent adverse events;
- Implementing a set of interventions known as the “central line bundle” to prevent central venous catheter-related blood stream infections;
- Implementing a set of interventions known as the “surgical site infection bundle” to prevent surgery-related infections; and
- Implementing “ventilator bundles” to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia and other complications in patients on ventilators.