PRH Recognized for Achievements in Improving Patient Safety

Oct 21, 2013

Pullman Regional Hospital was recognized for outstanding efforts to reduce patient harm and improve patient safety during the 81st Annual Meeting of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) in Seattle.

Pullman Regional Hospital earned the 2013 "Washington State Hospital Association Safe Care in Action" award for its efforts to decrease patient harm in 10 key areas through their participation in the Partnership for Patients national initiative – a nationwide collaborative effort to reduce the number of hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013.

"Patient safety remains a critical area of focus, and we are grateful to have our efforts recognized by our peers. Assuring that we are attentive to this aspect of our work enables best practices in our hospital to become second nature—and that's what's best for our patients," said Scott Adams, CEO of Pullman Regional Hospital.

The initiative focuses on reducing harm in 10 key areas:

  1. Adverse drug events
  2. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  3. Central line-associated blood stream infections
  4. Injuries from falls and immobility
  5. Obstetrical adverse events
  6. Pressure ulcers
  7. Surgical site infections
  8. Venous thromboembolism
  9. Ventilator-associated pneumonia
  10. Preventable readmissions

The "Safe Care in Action" award was presented to hospitals that achieved a 40% reduction in harm or were in the top 10 percentile for six or more measures or for 80% of eligible measures. Pullman Regional Hospital is one of 16 WSHA hospitals to receive this award.

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