Report Highlights Michigan Hospitals' Patient Safety, Health Care Quality Improvements

Sam R. Watson

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Sam R. Watson is senior vice president, Patient Safety and...

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center recently released its annual report, quantifying Michigan hospitals' advancements in patient safety and health care quality. The center's interventions continue to drive quality improvements by connecting hospitals and clinical experts to implement evidence-based best practices and foster collaboration among patients, families and clinicians. Highlights of the 2015 report include:
  • Michigan hospitals experienced 10,500 fewer readmissions in 2014 compared to 2013, saving more than $100 million in healthcare costs.
  • Efforts to improve critical care medicine resulted in a 34 percent reduction in septic shock mortality from 2011 through 2014 and a 69 percent reduction in central-line-associated bloodstream infections from 2004 through 2014.
  • Michigan hospitals reduced early elective births by 60 percent from 2010 through 2014, impacting approximately 2,900 births and resulting in healthier mothers and babies.
  • Michigan hospitals reduced catheter use by 27 percent from 2012 through 2014 which lowers the risk of infection.
  • A collaborative of 45 Michigan and Illinois hospitals launched to reduce opioid-related harm, improve appropriate pain management and decrease opioid use.
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This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center. About the MHA Keystone Center Founded in March 2003, the MHA Keystone Center brings together Michigan hospitals and state and national patient safety experts to develop and implement evidence-based best practices to improve the safety and quality of care. Some of the world’s most prestigious medical peer review journals have affirmed the programs are saving lives, reducing errors and cutting healthcare costs. MHA Keystone Center projects are funded by voluntary contributions from MHA member hospitals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the state and federal governments. Photo Credit: Jim Larrison
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