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IHI launches campaign to reduce medical harm

Physician Practice Advisor, December 13, 2006

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has announced a national campaign to reduce incidents of medical harm to patients in U.S. hospitals. The 5 Million Lives Campaign asks hospitals to improve the care they provide in order to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm during a 24-month period ending December 9, 2008, according to an IHI release.

The 5 Million Lives Campaign promotes the adoption of 12 improvements in care that can save lives and reduce patient injuries. Some of the improvements include the following:

  • Reduce harm from high-alert medications
  • Prevent adverse drug events by reconciling patient medications at every transition point in care
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for congestive heart failure to reduce readmissions

The new campaign builds on the success of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, in which 3,100 hospitals reduced inpatient deaths by an estimated 122,000 in 18 months through improvement in care, IHI President and CEO Donald Berwick said in a statement.

Click here to read more on the 5 Million Lives Campaign.