In January 2010, Anthem Blue Cross, Hospital Association of Southern California, HASD&IC, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and National Health Foundation partnered to launch a three-year effort to improve the quality and consistency of hospital care Californians receive. Patient Safety First…A California Partnership for Health, uses a collaborative learning model to improve patient safety and spread evidence-based practices to improve care, save lives and reduce healthcare costs. During the course of PSF’s first three years, it has become the largest statewide patient safety collaborative in the nation with over 170 hospital participants. Results for the first two years have shown significant improvement in healthcare-associated infection rates, sepsis mortality rates, and perinatal gestational age deliveries. Results for the first two years have shown significant improvement in the following areas;
In order to build upon the successes and effort put toward developing PSF into a premier and recognized statewide patient safety initiative, NHF and California’s Regional Hospital Associations are extending the Patient Safety First Initiative to 2012. Phase 2 will utilize the same collaborative learning model at the regional level but will incorporate some new initiatives and discontinue addressing some of PSF’s original initiatives.
Together these partners will work collaboratively to achieve the following goals:
Goal: Relative reduction of 10% from baseline (previous year data)
Goal: Relative reduction of mortality by 10% from baseline
Goal: Achieve early elective delivery rate of <=5% of deliveries between 37 & 38.6 weeks
Goal: Achieve a 0% rate of retained surgical sponges/towels
For more information on Patient Safety First on other quality and patient safety activities, please contact Alicia Muñoz, FACHE at (858) 614-1541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.