Institute for Healthcare Improvement 5 Million Lives Campaign
"Do No Harm."
It is a fundamental principle for health care providers: primum non nocere - first, do no harm. It is our duty, our responsibility. Patients ask and assume that the health care that intends to help them should, at the very least, not injure them. The 5 Million Lives Campaign is a voluntary initiative to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over the next two years (December 2006 - December 2008).
The 5 Million Lives Campaign challenges American hospitals to adopt 12 changes in care that save lives and reduce patient injuries:
- Deploy Rapid Response Teams...at the first sign of patient decline
- Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction...to prevent deaths from heart attack
- Prevent Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)...by implementing medication reconciliation
- Prevent Central Line Infections...by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps
- Prevent Surgical Site Infections...by reliably delivering the correct perioperative antibiotics at the proper time
- Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia...by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps
- Prevent Pressure Ulcers...by reliably using science-based guidelines for their prevention
- Reduce Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infection...by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices
- Prevent Harm from High-Alert Medications...starting with a focus on anticoagulants, sedatives, narcotics, and insulin
- Reduce Surgical Complications...by reliably implementing all of the changes in care recommended by the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)
- Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Congestive Heart Failure...to reduce readmissions
- Get Boards on Board...Defining and spreading the best-known leveraged processes for hospital Boards of Directors, so that they can become far more effective in accelerating organizational progress toward safe care
St. Mary Mercy engages in collaborative initiatives and actively implements process improvements that support the campaign recommendations.