DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – (September 2006) – Delray Medical Center has been lauded for its participation in an unprecedented national initiative, the 100,000 Lives Campaign, which saved an estimated 122,300 lives across the country.
The landmark 18-month Campaign, initiated by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in December of 2004, challenged U.S. hospitals to save 100,000 lives through the implementation of six proven health care interventions. More than 3,000 hospitals joined the campaign – representing an estimated 75% of U.S. hospital beds.
“The results of this joint effort clearly demonstrate the value of an initiative such as this,” said Karen Bibbo, RN, Director of Nursing at Delray Medical Center. “As a result, Delray Medical Center will continue to employ these life-saving interventions.”
Hospitals participating in the Campaign agreed to implement one or more of six evidence-based interventions. Delray Medical Center implemented all six:
· Activate a Rapid Response Team at the first sign that a patient’s condition is worsening and may lead to a more serious medical emergency.
· Prevent patients from dying of heart attacks by delivering evidence-based care, such as appropriate administration of aspirin and beta-blockers to prevent further heart muscle damage.
· Prevent medication errors by ensuring that accurate and continually updated lists of patients’ medications are reviewed and reconciled during their hospital stay, particularly at transition points.
· Prevent patients who are receiving medicines and fluids through central lines from developing infections by following five steps, including proper hand washing and cleaning the patient’s skin with “chlorhexidine” (a type of antiseptic).
· Prevent patients undergoing surgery from developing infections by following a series of steps, including the timely administration of antibiotics.
· Prevent patients on ventilators from developing pneumonia by following four steps, including raising the head of the patient’s bed between 30 and 45 degrees.
“The participating hospitals have not only prevented an estimated 122,300 unnecessary deaths, but they have also proven that it’s possible for the health care community to come together voluntarily to rapidly make significant changes in patient care,” said Dr. Berwick, President and CEO of IHI.
He added, “I have never before witnessed such widespread collaboration and commitment on the part of health care leaders and front-line staff to moving the system giant steps forward.”
IHI expects to announce plans at its National Forum in December for the next stage of this health care improvement initiative. In the interim, the national community of Campaign participants will redouble its efforts, committing to fully spread the Campaign’s improvement interventions throughout each participating facility and enact plans to sustain gains in performance. Simultaneously, IHI will work with expert groups and high-achieving facilities to explore new areas for hospital improvement that will be introduced in the next phase of the Campaign – complete with a new, ambitious aim for saving lives.
Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital located at 5352 Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach, has been serving the health care needs of south and central Palm Beach County for more than 20 years. A state-designated Level II Trauma Center for adults and children, Delray Medical Center offers a broad array of specialized services, ranging from acute care to rehabilitation, and psychiatric services to outpatient care. According to HealthGrades, Delray Medical Center is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2007, recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for five consecutive years (2003-2007), and the Cardiac Care Excellence Award for three consecutive years (2005, 2006, 2007). To learn more about Delray Medical Center, visit www.delraymedicalctr.com.