university hHHS Director Praises UHS Hospitals Safety Model

Wow, said Health & Kathleen Sebelius.

Kathleen Sebelius spent a couple of hours here today going over the Partnership for Patients program.

Kathleen Sebelius says one healthcare provider in eastern Carolina is on the right track.

We have gone to being proactive instead of reactiuniversity health system of eastern carolinave, said Tim Weatherington, a nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit.

You need dedicated leaders who are all about zero harm to patients, Sebelius said. That sounds , but it really isnt.

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Tonight at 11, well go over some of the steps taken here to cut that number.

It changes the payment system to give hospitals incentives to eliminate medical mistakes.

The governments investing a billion dollars in 1,500 hospitals nationwide, including University Health Systems to eliminate those kinds of mishaps and potentially save billions more in healthcare costs down the road.

Everybody is being held accountable. Euniversity hHHS Director Praises UHS Hospitals Safety Modelverybody is being measured. Everybody knows what the other one is doing and theyre sharing information, Sebelius said.

The Health and Human Services Secretary walked through the cardiac intensive care unit met a patient, doctors, nurses and managers. One nurse explained how her department hasn’t had a central line infection for 600 days.

She came to the hospital to figure out how to copy a program that claims a 50 percent reduction in hospital infections over two years.

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A national campaign to minimize mistakes at the hospital that can sometimes be deadly reached Eastern North Carolina Monday.

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One goal is to cut hospital acquired infections by 40% in two years.

A study published last month found some kind of medical mistake happens to one of every three patients admitted to a hospital.

Sebelius said thats not enough, Have the goal be not were gonna reduce by 50% or 60% or 70%, but zero. We want zero errors to occur. That goal should be the goal for patients across the country.

Patients and their milies also get a say. They told Sebelius at a roundtable how a patient advisory board brought changes that improved the quality of their care. All of this is information Sebelius says can be used in other hospitals across the country.

University Health Systems hangs that information on the walls detailing how long its been since patients have llen or been infected during their hospital stay. Its transparency that admits mistakes and provides a sort of peer pressure to do better.

She took a tour of the cardiology intensive care at the Heart Institute to see whats being done to improve patient care, specifically to reducepatient injuries and infections while hospitalized.

university hHHS Director Praises UHS Hospitals Safety Model,Kathleen Sebelius came here to push the federal governments Partnership for Patients program. Something needs to be done after a recent study found something goes wrong to one in three patients at a hospital. Kathleen Sebelius came to University Health Systems and Pitt County Memorial Hospital to see whats being done right.

The Partnership for Patients is a billion-dollar program that kicked off last month. It involves 500 hospitals with the goal to cut medical mistakes and hospital readmissions because of those mistakes. Sebelius says it could save $35 billion in three years and save $50 billion over ten years. University Health Systems is a partner in the program. Theres no breakdown yet about how much of that billion dollars it will get.

GREENVILLE, N.C. – One of the things last years health care reform law did was put more emphasis on patient safety.

The st way is hygiene. In the cardiac unit, soap canisters hang inside and outside every room. Theres a wash in wash out policy for anyone seeing a patient to fight infections and the staff keeps tabs on each other.

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Humans make errors, said Joan Wynn, the Chief Quality Officer for University Health Systems. Thats how were made and so human error is a part of everything in life and our goal is to keep those human errors from reaching the patients and causing harm.

Thats whats got to change.

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