OK Foundation for Medical Quality Helps Hospitals to Improve Surgical Care, Reduce Infections

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A team from the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality worked with 56 hospitals collaborating to improve surgical care and reduce surgical infections.

The yearlong, nationwide effort is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services.

Two Oklahoma hospitals - Mercy Health Center and St. Anthony Hospital - also participated.

Mercy made the most significant changes and improvements of the 56 teams, said Rosa Johnson of Qualls Health, one of the project's coordinators.

We took proven research and developed ways to make it easier for clinical staff to do the right thing so that patients have a lower chance of developing any kind of infection, said Ronda Pasley-Shaw, compliance supervisor of surgical services at Mercy.

The team from Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality was by Dale Bratzler, principal clinical coordinator at OFMQ.

The hospitals implemented a quality improvement effort, basically translating what we know works into practice, said Bratzler. By improving the focus on processes of care, all hospitals improved across the board. All areas of focus trended down and infection rates were reduced when processes were changed.

Results of the National Surgical Infection Prevention Collaborative were reported in an article published in the American Journal of Surgery. …