Akron Children’s hospital-wide commitment to patient safety has garnered a national nursing award.
Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley Beeghly Campus was one of six hospitals to receive the American Nurse Association’s (ANA) National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality and is the top hospital in the pediatric category.
We received this honor for decreasing our blood stream infection rate by 30 percent in very low birth weight infants, as well as other nursing-sensitive data outcomes. Blood stream infections are a leading cause of disease and death in premature babies, and we lowered the infection rate by implementing evidence-based best practices for central venous catheter insertion and maintenance processes across our five neonatal sites.
The honorees were identified by researchers from among more than 1,900 hospitals – about one-third of U.S. hospitals – that report results to NDNQI and measure their performance against other NDNQI hospitals at a regional, state and national level. The awardees demonstrated superior results and sustained improvement in patient outcomes that are tied to the quality of nursing services and factors related to the nurse work environment. A total of 17 clinical process and patient outcome measures are evaluated to determine the overall winners.
“Through their teamwork, innovation, leadership and dedication, nurses have the power to influence hospital experiences and, most importantly, the ultimate health outcomes of their patients,” said Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Akron Children’s Hospital. “Akron Children’s shows it has performed the best among pediatric hospitals in that regard.”
NDNQI allows nursing units to compare their performance to similar units at other hospitals and use the data to set benchmarks for excellence.
“Nurses recognize that our healthcare system is becoming more focused on performance standards and patient outcomes. That’s how it should be, that’s how nurses approach their work, and that’s what this award is all about,” said ANA President, Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN.
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