Michigan model for patient safety & quality improvement expands nationwide

The MHA Keystone Center was named a subcontractor in the amount of $2 million as part of the three-year contract awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to reduce patients’ risk of ventilator-associated conditions (VACs) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in hospitals nationwide using interventions proven effective in Michigan.

The MHA Keystone Center will assist hospitals across the country in implementing intervention bundles to reduce VACs and implementing the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to develop a culture that is free from patient harm by improving communication, teamwork and leadership.

The project is a joint effort of the MHA Keystone Center, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and CECity, Inc. It mirrors similar efforts to reduce central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitals across the country using the Michigan model. The On the CUSP: Stop BSI project resulted in a 40 percent reduction in CLABSIs, saving more than 500 lives and avoiding more than $34 million in excess healthcare costs.

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 MHA Keystone Center.



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