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And the Race Continues On…

Earlier this year, over 400 SPS Network children’s hospital employees gathered in Chicago, at the SPS National Learning Session: The Race Toward Zero Harm, with a shared goal to learn from each other to urgently reduce and eliminate serious harm in children across all children’s hospitals.

Leaders from 80+ children’s hospitals have stepped forward and committed to the following clear, shared SPS Network goals of harm reduction by December 31, 2016: 40% reduction in hospital-acquired conditions, 10% reduction in readmissions, and 25% reduction in serious safety events.

To provide hospitals with a means to obtain these goals, SPS has released standard prevention bundles for specific hospital-acquired conditions, and the Network has compelling evidence that if the best practices of these bundles are reliably implemented, harm will be reduced.

As a first milestone, the SPS Network hospitals have seen substantial progress in the 1@90 Challenge to get one Aviator HAC’s SPS Prevention Bundle to 90% process reliability. The Network’s next stop is 4@90 in 2015, 90% process reliability in four Aviator HACs in 2015. At the two-day learning session, hospitals learned key strategies and tactics to achieve this new goal and take part in this important challenge.

“SPS has helped structure how we do quality and safety. We are using this Network as the backbone for our quality and safety enterprise,” said Dr. Steven Yung, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.

Since 2012, this national effort has led to an estimated savings of more than $79 million and saved 3,699 children from serious harm, with a consistent upward trend in harm prevented every month.

“Being a part of a network and community of like-minded individuals from other children’s hospitals with the same common goal is encouraging and empowering….nothing compares to the face-to-face interaction with our colleagues from across the country,” said Stephen Czekalinski, UH/Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

“This whole effort has made us so much better…so I am grateful every day,” said Dr. Joan Shook, Texas Children’s Hospital.

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