AACN 6-Hospital Quality Collaborative Saves $5.2M

Preliminary data from a hospital-based nurse-led leadership and innovation training program from the first year of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has shown improved clinical outcomes and a $5.2 million savings among the six participating hospitals.

The program, AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, is designed to support nurses as leaders in quality improvement. Preliminary data comes from the conclusion of CSI activities in Indianapolis, Ind., though the project continues at 36 other hospitals across the U.S., according to a new release.

Findings from the Indiana branch of the project include:

•    20 percent improvement in patient satisfaction scores.

•    50 percent reduction in device-related pressure ulcers of the nose and mouth.

•    60 percent reduction in overall hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

•    50 percent reduction in patient falls.

In addition, the CSI project has resulted in an open database of clinical tools and care solutions as references for hospitals with a desire to improve care.

Indianapolis hospitals participating in the initiative include Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indiana University Health-Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Health-University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, St. Vincent Hospital and Wishard-Eskanazi Health.

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