From December 2011 through 2015, America’s Essential Hospitals participated in the federal Partnership for Patients initiative to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent by 2013. The association’s Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN) was one of 26 hospital engagement networks in the partnership. EHEN hospitals targeted these conditions:
- adverse drug events
- catheter-associated urinary tract infections
- central line-associated bloodstream infections
- obstetrical adverse events
- pressure ulcers
- surgical site infections
- venous thromboembolism
- ventilator-associated events
To achieve its goals, the EHEN used a two-pronged approach to reduce harm by simultaneously coaching and educating front-line clinical staff and training hospitals’ executive teams to foster a culture of patient safety.
The EHEN offered distance learning opportunities on the 10 conditions, site visits, coaching calls, and comprehensive data reports to help hospital teams track their improvement over time.
Meanwhile, the EHEN’s Leadership for Safety program for C-suite executives and clinical managers combined learning objectives, assignments, and recommended reading in a peer-to-peer distance learning environment, where participants discussed shared leadership challenges and strategies for improvement.
The EHEN also was the leading hospital network providing training in health equity, patient and family engagement, and sustainability, which are potential organization-wide drivers of patient harm.