We’ve all heard of the Zika virus: the mosquito-borne illness that has dominated the headlines in recent months. Pregnant women and hopeful mothers-to-be have been educated on the potentially dangerous effects a Zika infection can have on their unborn babies’ health, specifically microcephaly, a condition that causes unusually small heads and brains, and other brain-related birth defects. Americans are becoming more informed – and with good reason – Zika is a growing public health threat. But today I want to talk about another virus affecting pregnant women in the United States. It hasn’t garnered national attention like Zika but ~40,000… Read more.
HCA made leading national efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship, an important component of our quality and patient safety efforts several years ago. I was privileged to represent our organization, hospitals and healthcare providers at The White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship last year. And now Dr. Ed Septimus, medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology at HCA, co-authored the newly-released “Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook,” in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum (NQF). The Playbook began as a national call to action to address the antibiotic crisis. The… Read more.
Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that HCA was among a handful of healthcare providers that pledged to follow three principles—Consumer Access, Transparency and Standards—to improve the flow of health information to consumers and providers. At HCA, we agree with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the commitment to these principles is essential to ensuring that health information can be accessed effectively by patients and caregivers for the best possible health and care. To deliver better, more personalized care and to allow for the secure and efficient flow of health information, we commit to the following:… Read more.
It was announced today that 106 of HCA’s licensed hospitals in the U.S. were included among The Joint Commission’s (TJC) new list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®. Of the HCA hospitals recognized, 43 have been Top Performers all five years of the program’s existence. TJC’s Top Performers program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measures related to evidence-based care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, immunization and perinatal care. More than three-quarters (78 percent) of our hospitals have been recognized for their consistent achievement of… Read more.
Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. It has been estimated that at least half of all antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics have caused bacteria to adapt, antibiotics to become less effective; and strains of bacteria now resist treatment with antibiotics – resulting in “superbugs.” HCA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to promote good stewardship of antibiotics and to help prevent infections. For more information and to find out what you can do, view the video below. You may also visit Forbes.com to learn more.
As one of the nation’s leading providers of health and care, HCA is committed to increasing public awareness of sepsis and, as a learning health system, and finding new ways to predict sepsis earlier and save lives. Sepsis—which can occur in the community at large and in hospitals— is more deadly than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS, combined, with approximately 1.5 million cases annually. It’s the number one cause of non-cardiac deaths in intensive care units, and the eleventh leading cause of death overall, with more than 258,00 fatalities in the United States each year. At HCA, we are… Read more.
Being prepared to serve our communities during times of disaster, of all types, is a responsibility that HCA takes very seriously. During the first week of June, representatives from each HCA hospital and division office participated in a “Boot Camp” to prepare for infectious disease crises. Last fall, Ebola dominated the headlines in this country. The seven patients treated in the US and the thousands of patients screened taught us a lot about our strengths as well as the challenges of responding to this type of crisis. The HCA Boot Camp was a two-day course preparing HCA facilities to manage… Read more.
Every day of the year, HCA-affiliated nurses engage with people at some of the most profound moments in their lives. These are sometimes life’s most joyous moments, like welcoming a new baby into the world. At other times, those moments can be life’s most difficult and sorrowful. In each of those moments of every day, across clinical and administrative roles, across the continuum-of-care settings and into the executive suites, we are thankful that HCA nurses are there.
The Institute of Medicine defines a learning health system as “one in which progress in science, informatics and care culture align to generate new knowledge as an ongoing, natural by-product of the care experience and seamlessly refine and deliver best practices for continuous improvement in health and health care.”
During the week of March 2-8 2014, HCA will join in the national observance of Patient Safety Awareness Week, underscoring our fundamental commitment to working together with patients to provide the safest care possible.