New Hampshire Hospitals strive to eliminate patient harm

In a new effort to promote better and safer care to patients, the New Hampshire Hospital Association and Foundation for Healthy Communities have announced that hospitals across the state will strive to eliminate harm to patients by 2015.

Hospitals in New Hampshire have been working for several years on improving patient care, including efforts to decrease infection rates through a campaign to promote hand washing among health care providers. Hospitals also are decreasing harm in the operating room by using a patient safety checklist before and during all procedures. Hospitals receive guidelines and tools that are used statewide to help them measure their progress.

(Source: New Hampshire Hospital Association Press Release, http://www.nhha.org, September 27, 2010; AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, September 29, 2010)