HANYS Patient Safety Profiles Offer Lessons Learned in Quality Improvement

The Healthcare Association of New York State has released its Leading the Quest for Quality: 2011 Profiles in Quality and Patient Safety, which includes hospitals' quality improvement "success stories."

The 2011 profiles are divided into four categories: clinical care, operations, patient safety and specialty care. Each healthcare provider's profile includes a description of its quality improvement project, the outcomes and lessons learned.


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For instance, Aurelia Osborn Fox Memorial Hospital found an average 47 percent of its surgical patients were hypothermic as they entered the hospital's post-anesthesia care unit. The hospital determined several factors contributing to patients' hypothermia and implemented remedies, including new thermometers and forced air warming gowns.

The hospital has maintained a normothermia rate of more than 95 percent since these measures were put in place.

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