Latest health care-associated infections report shows marked improvement in hospital patient safety

Oregon hospitals continued their improvement towards eliminating health care-associated infections that are reported to the state, according to a report released today by the Oregon Health Authority. The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems said the report highlights the continued success Oregon hospitals have had in improving clinical quality and patient safety.

Hospital association signs pledge to eliminate health care disparities

Earlier this year, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems’ Board of Trustees unanimously voted to endorse the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

Health disparities are differences in health that are avoidable, unfair or unjust. This pledge enables hospitals to take measurable action on their belief that nobody should be denied the chance to live a long and healthy life because of social, economic or environmental conditions.

Latest health care-acquired infections report shows continued improvement toward patient safety

Oregon does better than the national average on all health care-acquired infections and surgical site infections that are reported to the state, according to a report released today by the Oregon Health Authority. The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems applauds the news, which highlights the hard work Oregon hospitals have done to increase patient safety.

CDC infections report shows Oregon hospitals significantly outperforming national average

Oregon’s hospitals perform significantly better than the national average in preventing health care-acquired infections (HAI), according to the National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report released March 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New website displays Oregon hospital data on user-friendly platform

Today, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced that it launched Oregon Hospital Guide (www.OrHospitalGuide.org), a new website that displays hospital data on a user-friendly platform. This is the first phase of a larger hospital transparency effort.

Oregon One of Only Five States to Earn an 'A' on Premature Birth Report Card

By March of Dimes Greater Oregon Chapter

Oregon is one of only five states to receive an "A" on the March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth Report Card, released today. Oregon's preterm birth rate was 9.3 percent in 2013, below the March of Dimes goal of 9.6 percent. Other states meeting or beating the March of Dimes goal and getting an "A" are California, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Oregon Hospitals, Nurses, Physicians, and Governor Kitzhaber Lay Out Updated Ebola Strategy

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, together with the leaders of several Oregon health care systems, the Oregon Nurses Association and Oregon Medical Association, joined Governor John Kitzhaber today to announce that Oregon public health officials, hospital systems, and the major medical associations have agreed upon an updated and coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients. No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Oregon as of today.

Oregon's Hospitals and Nurses Work Together to Prepare for Ebola

JOINT STATEMENT from the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems:

State health care acquired infections report shows continued improvement toward patient safety

Oregon does better than the national average on health care-acquired infections, according to the latest report of infections released today by the Oregon Health Authority. State officials say this is a good sign, but also shows that work can be done to reduce even more incidents of infections that people sometimes contract after being treated by health care providers.

The Oregon Health Authority's annual Hospital-Acquired Infections Report shows marked improvement in several areas:

OPSC releases data on adverse event reporting program

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission has released a report summarizing the data gathered by Oregon’s Patient Safety Reporting Program in 2013. Last year, the program received a total of 651 reports about unintended harm to patients as a result of medical care (also called “adverse events”). This was the highest annual number of reports submitted since the beginning of the program.

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