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Quality and Patient Safety:


Quality/Patient Safety Goal:

Reduce Patient Harm

Goal & Summary

The serious harm index is a combination measure generated from the sum of all serious harm events that occur in patient care. Examples of serious harm events include medication errors, central line infections, catheter-associated urinary infections, falls, unplanned extubations, ventilator-associated pneumonia, pressure injuries, surgical site infections and blood clots. We are committed to eliminating any events of serious harm at Akron Children’s.

Why is this important?

Preventing any harm from occurring in patients is critical. We have been passionate in our efforts to improve patient safety, as evidenced by our significant investments in error prevention training and education, and thorough reviews of any safety events.

What are we doing to improve?

Each type of harm event has a quality improvement team assigned to evaluate performance, learn from events that have happened, and develop and test improvement interventions that will result in reducing the number of this type of harm event.

What progress have we made?

Quality Chart - Serious Harm Index

Who are we partnering with to share best practices?

Children's Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety

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