S. Florida hospitals share best practices for improved patient care

S. Florida hospitals share best practices for improved patient care

South Florida hospitals are benefiting from a group approach to the ancient Hippocratic oath to “do no harm.”

Through a process of sharing best practices with peers, dozens of hospitals in Broward and Palm Beach counties have collaborated with health care providers across the state to better care for patients. In the process, they’ve helped lift the state’s health care industry from among the bottom nationwide to a model of improvement in patient care, according to the Florida Hospital Association, which Tuesday release a five-year report on quality improvements.

“We’re able to learn from other hospitals around the system,” said Pauline Grant, CEO, Broward Health North, Deerfield Beach. “Why reinvent the wheel? If somebody else has developed a good mousetrap, then we should emulate that.”

According to the FHA study, statewide participating hospitals have achieved a 15 percent decrease in the number of preventable patients returns to the hospital for the same condition and a 14.5 percent decrease in patients experiencing complications or infections after surgery.

Read more here: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-08-13/health/fl-fha-hospital-study-results-20130813_1_patient-care-hospitals-bruce-rueben