AACN, North Carolina Hospitals Save $2.5M Through Quality Improvement Program

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses in partnership with seven hospitals has reported $2.5 million in savings and significant patient safety advances after nurse involvement in the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, a 16-month hospital-based nursing leadership program.

The Academy training focuses on empowering nurses to improve patient care on many fronts, including mobility, communication, infection control and overall patient safety.

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According to an AACN release, over 16 months, hospitals with nurses participating in the program:

  • Reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia 60 percent
  • Decreased pressure ulcers 20 percent
  • Reduced patient falls 30 percent
  • Decreased catheter-associated urinary tract infections by more than half
  • Reduced intensive care unit stays by more than one day
  • Improved patient communication, readmission rates and HCAPS scores

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