Eric Novack sees hope in the IHI’s 100K lives program which announced impressive results this week, and being Eric, he thinks that there’s a political message in there too. There’ll be more on his show this Sunday.
The Institute for Health Improvement’s ‘100,000 Lives Campaign’ (www.ihi.org) just released the results for the first 18 months: participation of over 3000 hospitals and an estimated 122,000 lives saved.
In a word, astounding.
What is more astounding is HOW they did it. First, the ‘they’ are the organizers of the program and the THOUSANDS OF DOCTORS, PHARMACISTS, AND NURSES who implemented some simple changes in hospitals all over the country.
Did they focus on hundreds of best practices and brow-beat institutions into submission?
Did they threaten to not compensate anyone for trying to provide care?
Did they threaten lawsuits?
No, No, No.
The 100,000 lives campaign focused on 6 simple steps that are essentially universally accepted to be good practices to get the right care, at the right time, in the right place, and to reduce infections along the way.
With success breeding more success, more hospitals are continuing to sign up for the programs and looking to expand their involvement in the program further.
Most remarkably absent, however, was new federal legislation and government regulation. May I repeat: no federal bureaucracy was and is required to make improvements to our healthcare system.
This, no doubt, is like fingernails on the blackboard for many denizens of The Health Care Blog-osphere.
I was fortunate to interview Alexi Nazem, National field coordinator for the IHI’s 100,000 Lives Campaign for my show this weekend. You definitely want to find time at 3pm west coast time this Sunday to tune in at www.ericnovack.com to hear the whole interview- and to better understand both the IOM ‘To Err is Human’ report and get an insider’s view of patient safety efforts.