Patient safety

Patient safety is a top priority at UPMC Cole. We have taken a proactive approach to patient safety, ensuring that our patients are as safe as possible. One of the steps we've taken is enrolling in the Partnership for Patients program. This program brings together managers and clinicians to make sure best practices are in place for our patients.

Another step we've taken to ensure our patients' safety is referred to as patient safety rounds. Our Board of Directors President and our Patient Safety Officer meet with staff to discuss patient safety efforts and concerns with our front-line staff.

Safety rounds don't just educate the staff they also give the board a first-hand look at safety issues and concerns, building open lines of communication between board members and staff.

The Partnership for Patients initiative is a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans. It is focused on making hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly through the achievement of two goals:

  • Making care safer. By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40 percentcompared to 2010. Achieving this goal would mean approximately 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients.
  • Improving care transitions. By the end of 2013, preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another would be decreased so that all hospital readmissions would be reduced by 20 percent compared to 2010. Achieving this goal would mean more than 1.6 million patients will recover from illness without suffering a preventable complication requiring rehospitalization within 30 days of discharge.

Patient safety areas of focus

The Partnership for Patients has identified 10 core patient safety areas of focus that include nine hospital-acquired conditions and one category involving patient care transitions and readmissions. The staff of UPMC Cole is working in six of these areas:

  1. Adverse drug events—opioid management.
  2. Obstetrical adverse events.
  3. Pressure ulcers.
  4. Wrong-site surgery prevention.
  5. Ventilator-associated pneumonia.
  6. Readmissions.

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