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Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign

5 Million lives logo Metro Health participates in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign launched in December 2006.

The objective of the 5 Million Lives Campaign is to:

  • Protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over the next two years (December 2006 – December 2008).

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement defines medical harm as:

  • Unintended physical injury resulting from or contributed to by medical care (including the absence of indicated medical treatment), that requires additional hospitalization or that results in death.
  • Such injury is considered harm whether or not it is considered preventable, whether or not it resulted from a medical error, and whether or not it occurred within a hospital.

Interventions included in the campaign include:

  • Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices throughout the hospital
  • Reduce harm from high-alert medications starting with a focus on anticoagulants, sedatives, narcotics, and insulin
  • Reduce surgical complications by reliably implementing the changes in care recommended by the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)
  • Prevent pressure ulcers by reliably using science-based guidelines for prevention of this serious and common complication
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for congestive heart failure to reduce readmissions
  • Get boards on board by defining and spreading new and leveraged processes for hospital boards of directors, so they can become far more effective in accelerating the improvement of care
  • Deploy Rapid Response Teams at the first sign of patient decline and before a catastrophic cardiac or respiratory event
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for acute myocardial infarction to prevent deaths from heart attack
  • Prevent adverse drug events by reconciling patient medications at every transition point in care
  • Prevent central line infections by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps
  • Prevent surgical site infections by following a series of steps, including reliable, timely administration of correct perioperative antibiotics
  • Prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps

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