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March 7, 2006 > Washington Hospital Takes National Effort Local

Washington Hospital Takes National Effort Local

100,000 Lives Campaign Making Progress

In 2005, Washington Hospital Healthcare System joined the efforts of hospitals nationwide by enrolling in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) 100,000 Lives Campaign, the first-ever national campaign to promote saving a specified number of lives in hospitals by a certain date (June 14, 2006) through the implementation of proven, evidence-based, practices and procedures.

The campaign proposes six quality improvement changes as part of its participation. Washington Hospital has taken immediate action by assembling expert physicians and staff to work in six specific teams to help assess and determine an appropriate course of action in all of the following practices:


  • Rapid Response teams - Deploy teams at the first sign of a patient's decline, at which time steps are taken to stem the decline.
  • Deliver reliable care for heart attack patients - Consistently follow the practice of early administration of aspirin and beta-blockers to prevent death from heart attack.
  • Avoid adverse drug reactions - Implement medication reconciliation, which requires that a complete list of a patient's medications (even for unrelated illnesses) be compiled and examined.
  • Prevent central line infections - Consistently deliver clear protocols together to prevent infection.
  • Prevent surgical-site infections.
  • Prevent ventilator - associated pneumonia.


The goal of this initiative has been embraced hospital wide and comprehensive plans to improve patient outcomes are quickly being implemented. By taking quick action to employ new methods and practices, Washington Hospital is making a conscious effort to save more lives in the Tri-City area.

In the coming weeks and months, a series of commercials showcasing Washington's participation in the 100,000 Lives Campaign will air on local television. We are pleased to be a part of this nationwide effort to improve patient care everywhere.

InHealth, A Washington Hospital Channel is now airing "Educational Session: 100K Lives Update," a program that discusses Washington Hospital's progress in implementing improvement changes as a part of the 100K Lives Campaign. Learn more about Washington Hospital's ongoing efforts to improve patient safety as representatives of six different teams share information detailing the specific actions that are currently being taken in regard to this campaign.

InHealth airs in Fremont, Newark and Union City on Comcast Channel 78. The InHealth program schedule is published weekly in the Tri-City Voice and posted on Washington Hospital's website at www.whhs.com. Hard copies of the InHealth television schedule are also available inside the Washington Hospital Community Health Resource Library.

Visit the following Web site for more information about the nationwide 100,000 Lives Campaign: www.ihi.org/IHI/Programs/Campaign.
 
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