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NYSPFP Initiatives

NYSPFP addressed 12 CMS-identified focus areas in order to meet CMS’s goals to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 20% and preventable readmissions by 12% and to advance better health, better care, and lower costs. The focus areas were categorized into the following five domains.

For a listing of the initiatives that your hospital is participating in, see the box at right.

Bedside Safety Initiatives 

Bedside Safety Initiatives: As frontline caregivers, nurses play an integral role in defining the safety culture of an institution, and nursing leadership is critical to improving the quality and safety of patient care. Focus Areas: Pressure Injuries, Injuries from Falls, Venous Thromboembolism, and Adverse Drug Events.

Infection Prevention Initiatives 

Infection Prevention Initiatives: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.7 million health care-acquired infections (HAIs) occur each year. HAIs are associated with increased morbidity and mortality and additional medical costs. Focus Areas: Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections, Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infections, ASP/C. difficile/MRSA, Sepsis, Surgical Site Infections, and Ventilator-associated Events/Iatrogenic Delirium.

Building Culture and Leadership 

Building Culture and Leadership: Successful, sustainable quality improvement requires health care organization leadership committed to creating and nurturing a culture of patient safety, quality improvement, transparency, effective communication, and teamwork. The NYSPFP Culture and Leadership Workgroup will support hospital leaders in building a sustainable and cross-cutting quality infrastructure. Focus Areas: Culture and Leadership, Health Care Disparities, Patient and Family Engagement, and Worker Safety / Safe Patient Handling.

Preventable Readmissions Initiative 

Preventable Readmissions Initiative: Hospital readmissions may occur for multiple reasons, including challenges in coordination and planning for care post-discharge, patient and family self-management capacity, connectivity to primary care, and access and availability of services and resources in the community across the continuum of care. While not all hospital readmissions are preventable, in order to reduce the number of cases that are preventable, NYSPFP will assist hospitals in implementing strategies to identify patients at risk for preventable readmissions and to improve transitions of care. Visit the Preventable Readmission Initiative Section.

Safety Across the Board Initiatives 

Safety Across the Board Initiatives: NYSPFP aims to reduce a wide range of hospital-acquired conditions and promote safety across the board by concentrating on high-impact, cross-cutting interventions with broad, multidisciplinary application. Focus Areas: Unit-Based Safety, Progressive Mobility.

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