Seven Minnesota hospitals have been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association for their exceptional work to enhance patient safety and quality of care. One of the those hospitals recognized was Maple Grove Hospital.
The Patient Safety Excellence Awards program recognizes hospitals’ efforts to prevent pressure ulcers or bedsores; falls; wrong-site surgical or other invasive procedures; and foreign objects unintentionally left behind during labor and delivery. Awards are bestowed quarterly, and hospitals must re-qualify each round.
The association’s safety campaigns — Safe Skin, Safe from Falls, Safe Site, Safe Count and Safe Account — are based on national and state best practices. They also incorporate lessons learned from participating hospitals that experienced adverse health events.
The Maple Grove Hospital was awarded for a Safe Skin.
Awardees must implement at least 90 percent of each campaign’s required measures. One such measure, for instance, requires hospitals to reposition immobile patients every two hours if such patients are at risk for developing pressure ulcers.