Quality and Patient Safety

Alaska hospitals are committed to providing care that is equitable, timely, effective, efficient, patient-centered and safe.

ASHNHA in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust, has joined the Hospital Engagement Network to help us achieve our collective goal of reducing patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by 2013! With over 1,600 hospitals in 32 states, we know that by learning and sharing together—all teach, all learn—we will accomplish these objectives for our patients. All our programs and activities are offered at no cost as they are supported by a contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients campaign.

Project Overview

Over the next two years, ASHNHA will support Alaska hospitals in adopting evidence-based practices that have the potential to reduce readmissions and decrease patient harm stemming from nine hospital-acquired conditions:

  • Central-line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Surgical infections and complications
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Adverse drug events
  • Falls
  • Birth-related injuries
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • Preventable Readmissions

The HRET Hospital Engagement Network website has detailed information on all ten core areas including downloadable change packages. HRET HEN website click here.

For more information on Alaska hospital’s participation in the HRET Hospital Engagement Network contact Greta Wade at (907) 586-1790.

Falls – Alaska Priority Area

The ASHNHA CNO Committee has selected Falls as an area for collaboration and sharing among Alaska hospital.  We will identify common metrics and develop a Alaska dashboard.

Click here for resources and information on Falls that Alaska hospitals have found useful and relevant.

Strategy Map