Hospital Patient Safety Report: Infection Prevention Findings

To better understand the state of hospital patient safety and the biggest opportunities for improvement, VigiLanz commissioned Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare consultancy, to conduct an independent survey of 100 hospital and health system leaders in February 2020.

View the full report here.

This infographic highlights some of the most noteworthy infection prevention-related survey findings. The infographic reveals:

  • How hospital leaders rate their infection prevention efforts
  • Where infection prevention falls on their list of top safety priorities
  • How they are using technology to support their efforts

Hospital Patient Safety Report: Medication Errors

To better understand the state of hospital patient safety and the biggest opportunities for improvement, VigiLanz commissioned Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare consultancy, to conduct an independent survey of 100 hospital and health system leaders in February 2020.

View the full report here.

This infographic highlights some of the most noteworthy medication error-related survey findings. The infographic reveals:

  • Where they rank medication errors on a list of top safety problems
  • Whether hospital leaders say medication error rates are falling
  • How they are using technology to support their efforts

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Hospital Patient Safety Report: Opioid Stewardship

To better understand the state of hospital patient safety and the biggest opportunities for improvement, VigiLanz commissioned Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare consultancy, to conduct an independent survey of 100 hospital and health system leaders in February 2020.

View the full report here.

This infographic highlights some the most noteworthy opioid stewardship-related survey findings. The infographic reveals:

  • How hospital leaders rate their opioid stewardship efforts
  • Where opioid stewardship falls on their list of top safety priorities
  • How they are using technology to support their efforts

Three Things Every Hospital Should Be Doing Now to Improve Patient Safety

by David Goldsteen, MD, VigiLanz CEO

Improving patient safety has always been a priority for hospitals and health systems, but COVID-19, and the possibility of a second surge in a few weeks or months, is bringing new urgency to these efforts. All hospitals must quickly assess their current safety-related processes, identify optimization opportunities, and implement new approaches that foster a safer environment—not just for patients with COVID-19, but for all patients, staff members, and visitors.

You can read more of this article on PSQH.  

 

For more on VigiLanz’s COVID-19 rules and solutions, click here.

Hospital Patient Safety Report: Antimicrobial Stewardship

To better understand the state of hospital patient safety and the biggest opportunities for improvement, VigiLanz commissioned Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare consultancy, to conduct an independent survey of 100 hospital and health system leaders in February 2020.

View the full report here.

This infographic highlights some of the most noteworthy antimicrobial stewardship-related survey findings. The infographic reveals:

  • How hospital leaders rate their antimicrobial stewardship efforts
  • Where antimicrobial stewardship falls on their list of top safety priorities

How they are using technology to support their efforts

Hospital Patient Safety Report 2020

Survey of hospital executives and clinical leaders reveals some patient safety progress—but there’s still a long way to go

To better understand the current state of patient safety and the biggest opportunities for improvement, VigiLanz commissioned Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare consultancy, to conduct an independent survey of 100 hospital and health system leaders in February 2020.

The goal: To learn directly from those on the hospital front lines—the physicians, nurses, infection preventionists, pharmacists, and more—about their top patient safety challenges.

Download the report to view the survey results, including:

  1. Where the most patient safety progress is occurring
  2. If technology is enhancing patient safety
  3. What the most successful patient-safety improvement approaches are

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Freeman Health System Uses VigiLanz to Improve Patient Safety While Cutting Costs

Customer Profile

Freeman Health System, a 485-bed, three-hospital system in Joplin, Missouri, serves 450,000 people across Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. It is the #1 hospital in Southwest Missouri and the #4 hospital in Missouri, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Challenge

Medication reconciliation, the process of creating an accurate list of a patient’s medications—including drug name, dosage, frequency, and route—is critical to reducing adverse events and ensuring patient safety.

Yet it can be a cumbersome and time-consuming undertaking, particularly when nurses are already overburdened. Medication reconciliation is also challenging because patients’ medications change frequently and patients often don’t maintain accurate lists.

“While it’s extremely important to quickly and accurately capture a patient’s medication information, traditional approaches that rely primarily on nurses and EMRs make this very difficult,” said Adrienne Carey, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist and Data Mining Program Manager at Freeman Health System. “We knew there had to be a better way.”

Medication non-adherence exacts a heavy toll, both on patients and the broader healthcare industry. According to a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 20 to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed. Each year, this lack of medication adherence is estimated to cause 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations, costing the American healthcare system $100-$289 billion.

Solution

One of the first changes Freeman Health System made was related to staffing. Rather than relying solely on nurses for medication reconciliation, it gradually added medication reconciliation technicians (MRTs) to its team. It now has nearly a dozen MRTs working in the emergency room and other departments. “We started them on the cardiology floor as a pilot and their ability to ease the burden on nurses was so clear that we quickly hired more,” said Carey.

The MRTs meet with patients to go over at-home medication information. Then, they verify that information using another source such as the patient’s doctor or pharmacy, and document it in the EMR. “The MRTs are usually able to meet with patients more quickly than nurses can,” said Carey. “That means faster identification of at-home medications, and smarter medication decision making in the hospital.”

Freeman Health System also uses VigiLanz to support and streamline its medication reconciliation efforts. The pharmacy department worked with the VigiLanz clinical support team to create new rules in the clinical surveillance platform to identify patients needing medication reconciliation. When patients are admitted to the ER or to floors with MRTs, MRTs receive an alert to conduct a reconciliation. “After determining what our organization needed, the VigiLanz clinical support team helped us create rules that make the process much more seamless,” said Carey, noting that the rules took effect in June 2018.

Once the reconciliation is complete, a pharmacy team member reviews it, contacts the physician if there are any problems or errors, and documents the information and/or intervention in VigiLanz. Freeman Health System also uses VigiLanz to create an audit trail of who has made changes. Carey noted that the new workflow is a significant improvement over relying on the EMR, where information is not easily retrievable. “While clinicians can pull up a patient’s record and read the history in the EMR, there is no discrete data to track information such as which medications have changed or what problems nurses have already addressed,” said Carey. “We also use VigiLanz to customize intervention categories so pharmacists can better track the prevention of potential major and minor adverse drug events.”

Adrienne Carey, PharmD, BCPS explains how VigiLanz provides efficiency improvements to Freeman Health

Outcomes

Since adopting the new approach, Freeman Health System has completed an average of 1,400 medication reconciliations monthly. That has prevented nearly 30 potential major adverse drug events and  more than 11,000 potential minor adverse events over a one-year period. The health system estimates that it has realized $4.7 million in potential savings from major and minor medication error prevention since July 2018.

“It’s had a huge impact,” said Carey. “We end up making a change to almost every med list that we touch. Those are things that we might have missed if we didn’t have this new system in place.”

In addition to improving care quality and avoiding adverse drug events, VigiLanz’s clinical surveillance platform has trickle-down benefits. “Their data-tracking capabilities help us better recognize our MRTs’ invaluable contributions,” she said. “It helped us make the case for expanding these staff to reach all patients in our facility.”

In addition to using VigiLanz to help avoid adverse drug events and make smarter medication decisions, Freeman Health System uses its clinical surveillance software to flag potential IV to PO conversion opportunities and identify inappropriate medication levels and duration. Overall, the health system estimates that VigiLanz enables it to avoid over $700,000 in monthly costs.

Medication Reconciliation Monthly Totals

Related Resource:

Safety Is a Top Priority for Hospitals, Yet Many Report Safety Gaps

By Stacy Pur, Vice President of Product Development at VigiLanz

Safety is a top priority for hospital leaders, yet many feel that their organization could make significant safety improvements. That’s according to a survey of 123 hospital chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, chief quality officers, and other C-suite leaders conducted by Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare consulting firm.

You can read more of this article on Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.  

For more on how VigiLanz can improve patient safety, click here.

Four Ways Hospitals Use Clinical Surveillance To Improve Patient Safety

Patient safety problems, from hospital-acquired infections to medical errors, occur much too frequently. This year, 800 hospitals will incur reimbursement penalties from Medicare because of high rates of infections and patient injuries, and a recent Johns Hopkins study found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer.

You can read more of this article on Health IT Outcomes.

For more on how VigiLanz can improve patient safety, click here.