Hospitals can be dangerous places. According to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States – behind cancer and heart disease. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1 in 25 patients will contract at least one hospital-acquired infection during their stay.
Every hospital says quality and patient safety is Job #1. KSB Hospital proves it with data. The attached image has an underlying theme that dots in the upper right quadrant are the goal. The “C”, representing complications, and “P”, representing patient safety, show patients at KSB Hospital are among the safest in the nation. The blue dot indicates that KSB’s performance is in the top 25% among all hospitals.
One harmful incident is unacceptable. When you trust us with your father, your son, your mother or your daughter, we have a zero tolerance for errors. KSB Hospital’s Quality Department, under the leadership of Elizabeth Accardi, is making tremendous strides in providing our caregivers with timely, actionable data.
Like all organizations, we can and will continue to improve. Tejal Gandhi, MD, chief clinical and safety officer for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, describes the healthcare industry this way: “We are currently measuring how many people are falling through the ice, when we should be measuring the thickness of the ice.”
Our goal is to make sure patients under our care are returned to optimal health.