Programs to lower waits for mammography results, decrease surgical infections win quality improvement awards – 10/9/2012

Awards Presented by the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement

Programs to lower wait times for mammography results and decrease surgical infections in knee, hip and back  procedures are the winners of the 2012 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Awards. The awards – one for primary care and one for surgical/procedural care – are given annually by the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement (AAAHC Institute), a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Initiatives to advance a university stress clinic and to measure and increase patient satisfaction garnered honorable mentions.

The winners will present their studies and receive their awards at the AAAHC Achieving Accreditation education program, November 30-December 1, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Reducing Wait Time for Mammography Exam Results

Changes made by 355 Medical Group Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson, Ariz., led to 93 percent of mammography patients receiving their results the same day as their exam, and 99 percent within five days of their exam. This improved previous wait times, which had been up to 30 days.

Decreasing Surgical Site Infections in Knee, Hip and Spinal Fusion Procedures

The staff at the Siouxland Surgery Center (SSC), Dakota Dunes, S.D., noticed an uptick in surgical site infections in knee and hip arthroplasty and lumbar spinal fusion patients and the philosophy at SSC is that one surgical site infection is one too many. So they immediately created an improvement plan. The plan identified areas for improvement, such as surgical instrument cleaning and decontamination processes, as well as some of their infection prevention processes.  The improvement plan included a new workflow pattern in the decontamination room to minimize cross-contamination.

After the program:

  • Hip arthroplasty and Knee arthroplasty infection rates have decreased to zero in last quarter.
  • Lumbar spinal fusion infection rates have decreased by 61.5%.

For more information, including descriptions of the honorable mention studies, read more…

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