New Jersey safety initiative slashed infection rates, other adverse events

A statewide safety initiative helped New Jersey hospitals significantly reduce cases of infection, pneumonia and other adverse events. Results of the safety initiative, as reported by the state, include a 65 percent decline in pressure ulcers, a 55.7 percent decline in patient falls resulting in injury, and a 45.8 percent decline in ventilator-associated pneumonia. "Based on this important work, patients in a New Jersey hospital today are far less likely to develop an infection, experience an adverse event from improper medication or develop a pressure ulcer," Betsy Ryan, president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association, said in an announcement. "We're extremely happy with those results, but our work continues because quality improvement is a never-ending process.Article