Collaborative effort is saving lives, improving care for all children

School health nurse Natalie Bilinovich

School health nurse Natalie Bilinovich

An estimated 25 percent of children who are treated at a children’s hospital experience some type of serious adverse safety event. However, a unique collaborative effort among eight children’s hospitals in Ohio, including Akron Children’s Hospital,aims to eliminate such adverse events and make Ohio’s children’s hospitals the safest places in the nation to receive pediatric care.

Since 2009, the Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (OCHSPS) collaborative has focused on eliminating deviations from standard care that result in severe harm, implementing standardized best practices, analyzing errors and conducting error prevention training for employees. The collaborative is also working to create and sustain a culture of safety where each employee makes a personal commitment to patient safety.

Through the Lessons Learned task force and Children’s Heroes program, nurses are recognized for making great “catches” in their daily jobs, which prevent errors from occurring.

Recent Akron Children’s heroes include: 

Judy Dawson-Jones reviews quality data with staff nurse

Judy Dawson-Jones reviews quality data with staff nurse

In March 2011, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recognized the OCHSPS collaborative for its efforts and encouraged other states to follow Ohio’s best practices and leadership in improving patient safety. The OCHSPS National Children’s Network is part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide, public-private collaboration to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans, led by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“The Partnership for Patients is helping the nation’s finest health systems share their knowledge and resources to make sure every hospital knows how to provide all of its patients with the highest quality care,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

As a result, Akron Children’s, as part of the Ohio Network, is leading the National Children’s Network of 26 children’s hospitals in improving the quality of their care and patient safety. 

Collaborative effort is saving and improving lives
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