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Published on June 13, 2006

GHS joins IHI 100,000 Lives Campaign

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Georgetown, SC – Georgetown Hospital System has joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 100,000 Lives Campaign, an initiative to engage U.S. hospitals in a commitment to implement changes in care proven to improve patient care and prevent avoidable deaths. The campaign is the first-ever national initiative to save a specified number of lives by a certain date (June 14, 2006), using proven clinical practices and methods. In December 2005, one year after its kick-off, the Campaign surpassed its enrollment goal of 2,000 and announced the participation of 3,000 of the U.S. acute care hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“American hospitals have responded with great enthusiasm to the challenge IHI has issued and we’re delighted at the national network of committed organizations that has emerged, “ stated Joe McCannon, 100,000 Lives Campaign Manager, “We understand this is hard work, but we also know that together we have the potential to accomplish something unparalleled in the history of health care.

Georgetown Hospital System has implemented all the following six quality improvement practices:

  • Deploy Rapid Response Teams - by allowing any staff member, regardless of position in the chain of command, to call upon a specialty team to examine a patient at the first sign of decline;
  • Deliver Reliable Evidence-Based Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction – by consistently delivering key measures – including early administration of aspirin and beta-blockers – that prevent patient deaths from heart attack;
  • Prevent Adverse Drug Events – by implementing medication reconciliation, which requires that a list of all of a patient’s medications (even for unrelated illnesses) be compiled and reconciled to ensure that the patient is given (or prescribed) the right medications at the correct dosages – at admission, discharge and before transferring a patient to another care unit; Georgetown Hospital System was a state leader in implementing the Medication Tool Kit project in Summer 2005 and has been recognized nationally for this effort. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has recognized our effort as a Best Practice initiative.
  • Prevent Central Line Infections – by consistently delivering five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the “Central Line Bundle;”
  • Prevent Surgical Site Infections – by reliably delivering the correct perioperative antibiotics and avoiding shaving hair with razors at the surgical site;
  • Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia – by implementing five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the “Ventilator Bundle” – such as elevating the head of the hospital bed to between 30 and 45 degrees – thereby dramatically reducing mortality and length of stay in the Intensive Care Unit.

In addition, Georgetown Hospital System will be hosting a 100K Lives Fair, July 10 through 14, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital. This system wide event will highlight the program initiatives as outlined above, through informative displays and educational materials.

Additional information about the 100,000 Lives Campaign and a list of all participating hospitals and hospital systems are available at www.ihi.org/ihi/programs/campaign. 

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.