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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

February 22, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s award-winning program developed to improve the use of vascular access devices—the flexible tubes, or catheters, inserted into patients’ veins for therapeutic or diagnostic reasons.

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Consumers Urged to Get Flu Vaccine and Know the Symptoms of Sepsis

February 02, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more people are currently hospitalized with the flu than at the peak of the 2014–2015 flu season. Leaders are urging people to get the flu vaccine.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center

January 25, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing two award-winning programs developed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center that improved patient care in the Oncology Intensive Care Unit and reduced hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

January 05, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. Each year, HAP honors hospitals and health systems for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through its annual Achievement Awards program. In 2017, HAP selected 13 winning programs from more than 100 entries.

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Leapfrog Group Issues Report on Hospital Safety

October 31, 2017

Today, the Leapfrog Group has released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades report that scores hospitals with letter grades to assess infection prevention and cleanliness, support of “strong health care teams,” and error prevention. The report is one of many quality resources that supply information for health care consumers and patients.

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Infection Prevention Week Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance

October 19, 2017

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 15–21, 2017. This year’s theme is antibiotic resistance.

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PHC4 Releases Research Brief on Sepsis Hospitalizations in Pennsylvania

October 04, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released findings from its analysis of sepsis hospitalizations. According to PHC4’s research brief, Sepsis Hospitalizations in Pennsylvania, patients hospitalized with sepsis saw a 28 percent decrease in the average length of stay during 2016 compared to 2008.

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Hospitals Linking Sepsis Cases and Readmissions, Identifying Best Practices and Prevention Efforts

June 29, 2017

Hospitals in Pennsylvania have been working to adopt best practices to more effectively identify and treat sepsis. Because many sepsis survivors require readmission to the hospital, hospitals also are focusing on the links between sepsis and hospital readmissions.

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Newly Released Report Confirms Continued Progress in Sepsis Advances

May 22, 2017

Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, released results relating to sepsis and septic shock care. Nearly 50,000 patient records were reviewed for compliance with timely protocol initiation.

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Hospitals Fight Antibiotic Resistance, Honor World Hand Hygiene Day

May 05, 2017

Today—May 5—is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual global reminder to health care workers to clean their hands at all the right times, every time. Many Pennsylvania hospitals are working together, as part of HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, to adopt innovative ways to achieve this goal and fight infections, especially those that have developed resistance to antibiotics and antivirals.

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HAP Welcomes Recommendations to Streamline Quality Measures

March 16, 2017

Today, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) issued a report recommending improvements to quality measures used in federal programs. MAP’s focus on quality measurement centers on ensuring better health care for patients and reduced burdens for providers.

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Patient Safety Week—Bringing Awareness to Consumers and Health Care Professionals

March 15, 2017

Patient Safety Awareness Week continues through Saturday, March 18. The week, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is the culmination of the United in Patient Safety campaign. The work aims to increase awareness about patient safety.

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Two Health Care Improvement Giants Will Merge in Spring to Tackle Patient Safety and Quality

March 14, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) plan to merge on May 1. Both organizations are focused on health care improvements, but the merger will allow experts to pursue a system-based approach to patient safety rather than project-based methods that are fragmented.

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Number of Cases Decline, but Flu Remains Widespread in Pennsylvania

March 09, 2017

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s weekly influenza report, the number of flu cases in the state have declined for the third straight week. Despite the downward trend, flu activity remains widespread and is circulating in at least half the state.

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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