Protecting 5 Million Lives from Harm

The 5 Million Lives Campaign aims to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over the next two years (December 2006 – December 2008). This new Campaign builds upon the success of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, in which 3,100 participating hospitals reduced inpatient deaths by an estimated 122,000 in 18 months.

The Missouri Center for Patient Safety, Primaris and the Missouri Hospital Association serve as the Missouri campaign node. All three groups provide support to hospitals, distribute tools and help hospitals network with each other.

Interventions Targeted at Harm

  • Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection - by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices throughout the hospital.
  • Reduce harm from high-alert medications – starting with a focus on anticoagulants, sedatives, narcotics, and insulin.
  • Reduce surgical complications - by reliably implementing the changes in care recommended by the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP).
  • Prevent pressure ulcers – by reliably using science-based guidelines for prevention of this serious and common complication.
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for congestive heart failure – to reduce readmissions.
  • Get Boards on Board – by defining and spreading new and leveraged processes for hospital boards of directors, so they can become far more effective in accelerating the improvement of care.

The Six Interventions from the 100,000 Lives Campaign

  • Deploy Rapid Response Teams - at the first sign of patient decline – and before a catastrophic cardiac or respiratory event.
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for acute myocardial infarction – to prevent deaths from heart attack.
  • Prevent adverse drug events – by reconciling patient medications at every transition point in care.
  • Prevent central line infections – by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps.
  • Prevent surgical site infections – by following a series of steps, including reliable, timely administration of correct perioperative antibiotics.
  • Prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia – by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps.

For more information, go to www.ihi.org.

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