On the first World Patient Safety Day, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced that it has awarded Dignity Health, MedStar Health and the UPMC with its five-star ranking for making commitments in alignment with PSMF’s 18 evidence-based Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). APSS include solutions designed to help hospitals eliminate preventable patient deaths, which are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

“More than 200,000 patients die from preventable hospital errors in the U.S., and 4.8 million across the globe. Those numbers are simply not acceptable but also unthinkable,” said Dr. David Mayer, PSMF CEO. “Our 5-Star ranking acknowledges the commitment these organizations have made to achieve ZERO preventable deaths. The leadership demonstrated by these leaders is a model others can follow in instituting best practices in patient care.”

Dignity Health is the largest hospital provider in California with 39 hospitals, and part of the newly formed CommonSpirit Health. Robert Wiebe, MD, chief medical officer for CommonSpirit Health, comments: “Dignity Health has been working to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes because we know what’s at stake—how critical this work is to the people who come to us for care. We and other health systems strive to achieve zero preventable deaths, which is why we’ve implemented the APSS and many other initiatives.”

In keeping with the goals of the PSMF, Dignity Health has improved compliance with and adoption of the sepsis bundle and reduced sepsis mortality; reduced hypoglycemia events, hospital acquired infections, opioid induced respiratory depression, and unnecessary cesarean sections for low risk deliveries; and achieved nearly full adoption of CANDOR across all Dignity Health hospitals and ambulatory settings.

With 10 regional hospitals in Baltimore/Washington DC, MedStar Health earned its ranking for its role in the development of APSS in the areas of Culture of Safety, Falls and Fall Prevention, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Safety Education and Early Detection of Sepsis.

Since implementing its patient safety improvement efforts, aligned with the PSMF APSS, MedStar Health has reduced the number of serious patient safety events, the number of healthcare-associated infections, and the cost of care associated with serious safety events; increased and improved front-line reporting of events, and improved the early detection and treatment of sepsis.

“As we continually find ways to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes, we look to extend these practices to other healthcare systems around the world,” said Stephen R. T. Evans, MedStar health executive vice president, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer.

UPMC, one of the nation’s largest integrated payor-provider systems, includes more than 40 hospitals and 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites. UPMC has developed new models of accountable, cost-effective, patient-centered care. This focus aligns with PSMF APSS.

“Our mission is to consistently provide high-quality, safe and compassionate patient experiences,” said Tami Minnier, UPMC chief quality officer. “We strive to be leaders in continually improving quality and safety through education, best practices, leadership development and innovation.”

That approach has resulted in significant quality and safety improvements for the health system, including a reduction in central line associated blood stream and C. diff infections, a 9 percent decrease in sepsis-related mortality, a nearly 30 percent increase in system-wide hand hygiene compliance, and a 29 percent reduction in wasted blood products, thanks to a reduction in non-evidence based transfusions.

More than 4,600 hospitals in 46 countries have implemented the Actionable Patient Safety Solutions developed by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s workgroups.