The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that the Healthcare Quality Institute (HQI) – encompassing 400 hospitals in California – has made a commitment to Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020 (0X2020), potentially saving thousands of lives and as much as $67 million.
HQI’s mission is to assist hospitals to achieve zero defects, optimize clinical effectiveness, and enhance patient and family experience. Among its goals is to make California the safest state in the nation by 2017. HQI joins a growing list of healthcare systems and medical device companies that are making commitments and pledges to reach the goal of Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020.
HQI consists of several programs focusing on quality improvement and patient safety. Included in those efforts are the California Hospital Engagement Network (CalHEN), the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO), and Patient Safety First Collaborative.
“Health care is undergoing rapid and profound change. Everything we do is of consequence. Our collective alignment and leadership will make a difference in better care, better health, and lower costs for Californians,” said HQI President and CEO Julie Morath.
Included in HQIs commitment is a plan to reduce sepsis mortality. Through Phase 1 of the Patient Safety First collaborative, sepsis mortality in California was reduced by 26 percent in participating hospitals. Through this effort the collaborative reported 253 lives saved and more than $38 million in costs avoided. Sepsis, however, is a priority for all HQI hospitals and they are working to decrease sepsis mortality by 20 percent in 2015, representing another 303 lives saved.
The Early Detection of Sepsis has been identified as one of the new Actionable Patient Safety Solutions that will be addressed at the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s 2015 Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, January 23-24, 2015 in Irvine, Calif.
“CDC estimates that from 2000 to 2008 the number of hospitalizations with sepsis has increased by 84 percent and contributes to 28 to 50 percent of all hospital deaths in U.S. This is consistent with a larger, more troubling trend, that our hospitals are less safe than they have ever been. But due to the commitments made by HQI this is not the case in California and we are thrilled to have them as a part of the movement,” said Patient Safety Movement Founder and Chairman Joe Kiani.