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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014


Advance for Nurses Magazine: West Penn Allegheny Health System Hospitals Recognized for Patient Care Quality Initiatives

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Three West Penn Allegheny Health System hospitals, Allegheny General Hospital, (AGH), Pittsburgh; Canonsburg Hospital, Canonsburg, PA; and West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, were 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. The abstract showed facility efforts 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. 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 was titled "Beyond the Guidelines: Reducing VTE in an Acute Care Setting." A nurse manager in the med/surg ICU worked alongside others to help 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, MSN, CRNP, RN, and Karen Dysert, MS, RN. 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.



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