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Quality & Safety Reports

Quality & Safety Reports

Our Outcomes Speak for Themselves

Continually monitoring and reporting quality and safety data has helped Helen DeVos Children's Hospital successfully transform our safety culture. But don't take our word for it; look at our impressive results in some key benchmarks.

  • Safety events were reduced by 68 percent from 2008 to 2010.
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia was eliminated for 22 consecutive months in the pediatric critical care unit, resulting in one incident in the last two years.
  • Hand hygiene improved from 56 percent to 96 percent for more than a year, helping to reduce select hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) by 50 percent.
  • Catheter-associated blood stream infections were reduced by almost 50 percent in the neonatal intensive care unit from 2010 to 2011 and by 80 percent since 2005.
  • Asthma core measures were performed at discharge 100 percent of the time in nine of the last 12 months.
  • Spinal surgery infections were eliminated from the beginning of 2009 to the middle of 2010.

Looking Ahead

We aren't stopping here. Now, we are ready to build on what we have achieved so far.

  • Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is becoming a leader in Michigan in patient safety efforts. We are directing a safety roundtable and sharing lessons learned with children's hospitals that are part of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
  • We are implementing a comprehensive safety curriculum for pediatric residents, including didactic education and hands-on experience.
  • We are adding safety simulation training and interactive learning to our existing education program.
  • We are providing training courses in high reliability, which include monitoring and improving quality, safety and patient satisfaction for all units within the hospital.
  • We are establishing the national Pediatric Patient Safety Organization with Children's National Medical Center to review serious safety events and provide lessons learned.