Feds Create Partnership Coalition

IPRO has joined an ambitious national patient safety initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Partnership for Patients is a coalition including leaders from hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, government and patient advocacy in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. The two goals of the Partnership involve: (1) keeping patients from getting injured or sicker (decreasing hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by 2013, as compared to 2010); and (2) helping patients heal without complication (reducing all hospital readmissions by 20% by 2013, as compared to 2010). Resources available at the Partnership website address specific clinical issues including hospital acquired conditions and patient safety in hospitals, care transitions, adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections; injuries from falls and immobility; obstetrical adverse events; pressure ulcers; surgical site infections; ventilator-associated pneumonia; and venous thromboembolism. The Partnership website is located at www.healthcare.gov.