The Institute for Healthcare Improvement kicked off a campaign to enlist 1,600 hospitals to reduce medication errors and avoidable injuries to patients, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line infections. Participating hospitals each will focus on one of six areas for improvement. Organizers said the 18-month project could prevent up to 100,000 avoidable deaths annually. The American Medical Association, the CMS and others have joined the effort. The American Hospital Association, which has not formally joined the effort, said it applauded the institute but would continue to focus on existing initiatives. Read more about the campaign on the institute's Web site. -- by Melanie Evans
Institute unveils new patient-safety initiative
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