A quality improvement and cost-cutting initiative that has grown to include more than 333 hospitals has saved more than $9 billion and has reduced rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections, pressure ulcers and other types of patient harm.
That's according to newly released data from the QUEST collaborative (PDF), a project of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier healthcare alliance. Launched in 2007 with an initial group of 157 hospitals, QUEST tracks participants across a range of measures, looking at progress in harm, mortality, readmissions, patient experience, cost of care and adherence to evidence-based practices. (QUEST stands for quality, efficiency, safety and transparency.)
Sepsis rates have fallen 23% from the baseline among participating hospitals, while central line-associated bloodstream infection rates have dropped nearly 60%, says the latest data, released 4½ years into the program.