Patient Safety Movement Foundation names 3 healthcare organizations that saved the most lives

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation has named three healthcare institutions that have demonstrated the most lives saved by avoiding preventable deaths.

According to previously reported rules, the three winners had to demonstrate the most lives saved between November 2014 and July 2015 and commit to implementing the Patient Safety Movement Foundation's Actionable Patient Safety Solutions between September 2014 and June 2015.

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The three winners are as follows:

  • Hospital Quality Institute. This is a nonprofit organization based in California that aims to improve patient safety and quality. It represents more than 400 hospitals in the state. Through their commitments to eliminate preventable harm to hospitalized patients, reduce death from sepsis and eliminate preventable mortality and morbidity in maternity care, HQI saved 5,019 lives.
  • Intermountain Healthcare. This Salt Lake City-based system saved 322 lives by reducing adverse drug events. The system reduced ADEs by 10 percent, according to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.
  • UPMC. Through commitments covering four areas of patient safety — eliminating surgical site infections, eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections, reducing failed transitions and patient blood management programs — the Pittsburgh-based hospital saved 137 lives.

The winning institutions can send one representative on a private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.

"This will be a trip of a lifetime for our winners, but more importantly a chance for the patients who have been saved by the efforts of these hospitals to eradicate preventable deaths to have many more years with their friends and family," said Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.

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