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West Penn Allegheny Health System Hospitals Recognized for Patient Care Quality Initiatives

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Three West Penn Allegheny Health System hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), Canonsburg Hospital and West Penn Hospital were recently recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for successful patient care quality initiatives. 

Among three quality abstracts accepted by the IHI from West Penn Hospital, the first focuses on interventions for successful reduction of C. difficile, a project led by Bonnie Mihalchik, Manager, Infection Prevention; and Edward Virbitsky, Director, Environmental Services; The abstract showed that efforts at West Penn resulted in a 40 percent decrease in the C. difficile rate from FY2008.

The second West Penn presentation addressed efforts to improve pneumococcal vaccine compliance and was submitted by Kelly Wyland, Senior Clinical Data Analyst, Process Improvement Department. Working together with Nursing and Case Management, the abstract detailed a 32.1 percent improvement in compliance with Joint Commission pneumococcal vaccine measures over the past year.

A third West Penn abstract, compiled by Lisa Ware, Senior Clinical Data Analyst, Process Improvement Department was titled “Beyond the Guidelines: Reducing VTE in an Acute Care Setting.” Working alongside David Lerberg, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Mark Vanderbilt, MD,, MD, Intensivist; and Patti Black, Nurse Manager, Med/Surg Intensive Care Unit, this project helped to reduce the rate of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the acute care setting with the implementation of a universal VTE risk assessment and appropriate prophylaxis compliance.

AGH’s accepted abstract was titled “Trauma VAP SWAT: A Rapid Response to Infection Prevention” and was prepared by Lori Laux, RN, MSN, CRNP, and Karen Dysert, RN, MS. The abstract demonstrated that a multidisciplinary team focused on the prevention of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) can implement strategies to cause a reduction in VAP infections.

Canonsburg’s abstract focused on the prevention and elimination of central line associated infections and was presented by the IV Team of Canonsburg’s ICU staff. The team consisted of Mark Hoffstetter, MD; Denise Westwood, MSN, RN; Rebecca Crockett, RN; and Deborah Morris, RHIA. Data presented included a variety of statistics from fiscal year 2005 to the most recent numbers calculated in 2009.

“It is incredibly important to realize that the acceptance of these abstracts by the IHI is giving our System national exposure,” said Diane Frndak, PhD, MBA, PA-C, Vice President of Organizational Excellence for West Penn Allegheny Health System. “We now have the ability to share the successes we’ve had here in our hospitals, but we also have the opportunity to learn from thousands of other quality improvement experts to better ourselves and our System.”

IHI, based in Cambridge, Mass., aims to inspire motivation for healthcare improvement; collect improvement initiatives from various sources that may be implemented in hospitals and healthcare facilities nation-wide; and assist healthcare facilities in executing those initiatives. For more information about IHI, visit www.ihi.org.
 

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