Clinical Harm Elimination

Overview

Adverse Drug Events (ADE)

Adverse drug events (ADE) in hospitalized patients are most commonly associated with frequent interventions such as the prescription and administration of medications. At least 20% of all harm to hospitalized patients is associated with medication errors.

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Falls

The Partnership for Patients estimates that 25% of falls with injuries are preventable. 

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Pressure Ulcers

Also known as a decubitus ulcer, pressure ulcers are open wounds that form whenever prolonged pressure is applied to skin covering bony outcrops of the body. Patients who are bedridden are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are commonly known as bedsores.

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Readmission

An admission to an acute care hospital within 30 days of discharge from an acute care hospital.

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Sepsis

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.