Hospital acquired conditions
A hospital acquired condition can be defined as a condition that is high cost or high volume or both, that results in the assignment of a case to a Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) that has a higher payment when present as a secondary diagnosis, and could reasonably have been prevented through the application of evidence-based guidelines. The resources below provide further information about hospital acquired conditions:
- Adverse drug events
- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
- Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
- Injuries and falls from immobility
- Obstetrical adverse events
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical site infections
- Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
- Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)
Additional information can be found via the interim update on 2013 Annual Hospital-Acquired Conditions Rate and Estimates of Cost Savings and Deaths Averted from 2010 to 2013.
Do the WAVE: Wash hands, Ask questions, Vaccinate, Ensure safety to help prevent healthcare-associated infections. WAVE resources are listed below:
- WAVE brochure (PDF)
- WAVE wallet card (PDF)
- WAVE poster - vertical (PDF)
- WAVE poster - horizontal (PDF)
Hospital leadership and organizational culture
The Partnership for Patients works through the Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) to support systematic improvements in hospital leadership, culture, and patient and family engagement as cornerstones to improve patient safety.
Readmissions and care transitions
Care transitions refer to movement of patients from one health care provider or setting to another. Seamless care transitions require thoughtful collaboration among hospitals, community-based organizations, long-term and post-acute care providers, patient caregivers, and patients themselves.