Patient safety continues to be a major focus for HCA and our Health System facilities and we have made very significant investments in and progress toward reducing errors in hospital care.
In addition to our existing initiatives, efforts are now underway in preventing hospital associated infections, preventing blood clots in patient's legs (a serious complication after surgery), enhancing timeliness in emergency care, and assuring competence through training programs for staff and credentialing processes for physicians.
It is our hope that our proactive efforts will improve the standard of care in the communities we serve and raise the bar on patient safety for the nation.
Patient safety is a company wide effort to ensure that we are using the best practices and advanced technologies in the medication and prescription use process. HCA has invested more than $300 million since 1997 to deploy patient safety technologies aimed at reducing medication errors.
Institute For Healthcare Improvement Campaigns
TriStar Health facilities have been active partners in both the “100,000 Lives” and the “5 Million Lives” patient safety campaigns from The Institute For Healthcare Improvement. As a result of the 100,000 Lives campaign, estimates suggest that approximately 75,000 patient lives have been saved* by reducing medical errors. Our facilities also participated in data collection and protocol development throughout the “5 Million Lives” campaign to support the goal of protecting patients from incidents of medical harm.
*The HARD Count: Calculating Lives Saved in the ”100,000 lives campaign,” ihi.org