Patient safety continues to be a major focus for HCA and our Health System facilities and we have made very significant investments in and progress toward reducing errors in hospital care.
In addition to our existing initiatives, efforts are now underway in preventing hospital associated infections, preventing blood clots in patient's legs (a serious complication after surgery), enhancing timeliness in emergency care, and assuring competence through training programs for staff and credentialing processes for physicians.
It is our hope that our proactive efforts will improve the standard of care in the communities we serve and raise the bar on patient safety for the nation.
Patient safety is a company wide effort to ensure that we are using the best practices and advanced technologies in the medication and prescription use process. HCA has invested more than $300 million since 1997 to deploy patient safety technologies aimed at reducing medication errors.
Institute For Healthcare Improvement Campaigns
TriStar Health facilities have been active partners in both the “100,000 Lives” and the “5 Million Lives” patient safety campaigns from The Institute For Healthcare Improvement. As a result of the 100,000 Lives campaign, estimates suggest that approximately 75,000 patient lives have been saved* by reducing medical errors. Our facilities also participated in data collection and protocol development throughout the “5 Million Lives” campaign to support the goal of protecting patients from incidents of medical harm.
*The HARD Count: Calculating Lives Saved in the ”100,000 lives campaign,” Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Committed to safe, effective and satisfying care
TriStar Health is committed to safe, effective and satisfying care for all of our patients. We take pride in measuring ourselves against the highest standards of care and national benchmarks. Each year, we set goals to achieve additional degrees of excellence. Some goals require multi-year efforts. Our commitment to continual improvement is demonstrated through the quality and safety designations that the physicians and staff have achieved. Some achievements apply to specific departments or services while others apply to the entire organization.
- Thompson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals
- Accredited Chest Pain Center
- Certified Primary Stroke Center
- Bariatric Center of Excellence
- Accredited Comprehensive Cancer Program
- Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
- Adoption of computerized physician order entry in our Emergency Department
According to Thomson Reuters, hospitals that achieve their “Top 100” designation typically outperform their peers by providing better patient care.
Reducing hospital-acquired infections is a focus of healthcare providers across the country. We have partnered with numerous organizations such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, the Center for Disease Control, the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, and Harvard University in reducing patient harm. We have launched system-wide improvements to assure better care. Infections result in increased health care costs and add time to the patient’s hospital stay. We have successfully reduced central line blood stream infections by ensuring continued compliance recommended best practices such as hand washing and appropriate catheter care. Based on the Center for Disease Control definitions, we have significantly reduced these infections by 62 percent in the adult critical care units and by 75 percent in the neonatal care unit.