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Patient Safety

Improving patient safety seeks to prevent adverse events leading to patient harm arising as a result of medical care.

In the past decade, thousands of lives have been saved because of innovative efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections and prevent surgical complications. Missouri hospitals work aggressively to reduce patient harm.

Missouri Harm Dashboards

MHA’s Board of Trustees approved a strategy to reduce statewide infection rates by 10% from 2016 rates by developing hospital-specific dashboards for three harm metrics — Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) and Clostridioides difficile, formerly known as Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff or CDI).

Informing CEOs how their facility compares to other Missouri hospitals is the first step of MHA’s larger strategy to aggressively reduce harm across Missouri. The dashboards provide hospital-level rank and clearly establish a harm reduction goal for each of the three quality measures. The dashboards are provided to CEOs and quality directors to promote efficient, timely communication between executives and quality department leads regarding improvement successes and opportunities. MHA will continue to provide strategic guidance and resources to hospitals to support achievement of 10% harm reduction and will update aggregate data quarterly to track statewide progress.

Summary of State Progress CAUTI CLABSI C. diff
Hospitals with a SIR <1, improvement from hospital baseline and performing better than the state target 35 36 37
Hospitals with a SIR <1 and either improvement from hospital baseline or performing better than the state target 25 24 33
Hospitals with a SIR <1, no improvement from hospital baseline and not performing better than the state target 14 13 5
Hospitals with a SIR >1 17 16 18

Data is for Quarter 1 2019.

Hospitals not currently reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network’s data portal are encouraged to begin reporting on CAUTI, CLABSI and C.diff, as applicable.


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Alison Williams

Alison Williams

Vice President of Clinical Quality Improvement

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573-893-3700 | ext. 1326

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