U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to grant $218 million to improve patient safety

The Department of Health and Human Services will award $218 million to 26 hospitals and hospital associations to target initiatives aimed at reducing preventable injuries and complications from hospital-acquired conditions, according to Health Leaders Media.

The article states that the goal is to create a Hospital Engagement Network, which will be developed at the regional, state, or hospital system level, and will share the best practices with other hospitals and healthcare providers to improve patient safety.  The focus will be on 10 areas of patient safety including adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line–associated blood stream infections, falls, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolism, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and preventable readmissions. 

(Source: Health Leaders Media, http://www.healthleadersmedia.com, December 15, 2011; Patient Safety Monitor Alert, http://www.hcpro.com, December 21, 2011)