The Partnership for Health and Accountability has presented Emory Healthcare with a First Place Quality and Patient Safety Award in the Hospital/Systems category. The award program recognizes health care organizations for achievements in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.
Emory's award was based on the project titled "Enhancing Patient Safety by Reducing Healthcare Associated Risks: Improving the Central Venous Catheter Insertion Process." According to William Bornstein, MD, PhD, Chief Quality Officer for Emory Healthcare, the project was designed to improve patient safety and minimize the risk of infection while inserting non-tunneled acute central venous catheters (CVC). A CVC is a long, thin, flexible tube used to provide medications, fluids, nutrients, or blood products over a long period of time. It is inserted through the skin and into a vein located in the neck or chest.
"Central venous catheters are often necessary in the management of acutely ill patients and more than 7 million non-tunneled short-term CVC are inserted annually in the United States. However, their use puts patients at risk for complications, including bloodstream infection," Bornstein explained.
"Our project resulted in the implementation of redesign strategies, which produced a four-fold reduction in overall calculated risk priority numbers. Implementation of redesign strategies facilitated efficient and safe CVC insertion attempts at our facilities, and no patients in the pilot study developed bloodstream infections." The Partnership for Health and Accountability was formed in January 2000 and is sponsored by the Georgia Hospital Association. It is a unique statewide collaborative that brings together health care providers with community agencies and individuals to achieve healthy communities. The organization includes representation from groups including hospitals, physicians, state health officials, legislators and businesses.
For more information about Partnership for Health and Accountability or this year's award winners, please visit www.gha.org/pha.