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“The opportunity to learn from other hospitals has helped us in working toward our strategic goal of eliminating events of serious harm at Cincinnati Children’s by 2015. And when we’re all using the same index to gauge harm, we’ll better be able to find its root causes, share these findings across all hospitals and keep harm from reaching patients and families.”− Stephen Muething, MD, vice president of safetyLaunched in January 2009, the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety learning network is a partnership between the state’s eight children’s hospitals and the business community to improve the quality of care delivered in Ohio and to reduce healthcare costs.
To realize the shared vision, each participating institution has committed to complete transparency and data sharing to foster an “all teach, all learn” culture. Because of this approach, we now have a robust learning network focused on eliminating harm at children’s hospitals across the state.
The partnership has realized significant results through its initial efforts. Specifically, Ohio’s children’s hospitals achieved a 60 percent reduction in surgical site infections in designated cardiac, neurosurgery and orthopaedic procedures and a 34.5 percent reduction in overall adverse drug events. These efforts have saved 3,583 children from unnecessary harm and avoided $5.3 million in unnecessary healthcare costs.
Building upon this success, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (OCHSPS) learning network is now focused on a goal that is broader in scope and bolder in ambition − eliminating all serious harm in Ohio’s children’s hospitals.
Initial efforts will focus on eliminating serious safety events (SSEs) and developing a patient harm index to capture all elements of harm. This work is the first of its kind in the country.
The current aims for the OCHSPS project:
To date, all eight children’s hospitals have adopted error prevention behaviors and techniques as well as leadership methods based upon high reliability science. Across the state we are sharing lessons learned as well as adopting the same methodology for declaring and reducing serious safety events.
Cardinal Health Foundation is a founding sponsor and continued partner – investing more than $2.5 million. Other funders include Medical Mutual of Ohio, American Electric Power, the George Gund Foundation, the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, AK Steel and Humana.
In addition to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, these organizations are founding partners of the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety:
> Akron Children’s Hospital
> Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
> Dayton Children’s Medical Center
> Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus)
> St. Vincent Mercy Children’s Hospital (Toledo)
> Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland)
> Toledo Children’s Hospital
> Cardinal Health Foundation
> The Ohio Business Roundtable
> Ohio Children’s Hospital Association
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