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On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano staff hosted a team from the “5 Million Lives” campaign, a national effort to encourage adoption of 12 improvements in care at hospitals to save lives and reduce patient injuries. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) initiated this campaign in December 2006 for a 24-month period.
Baylor Plano was the only Texas site selected to present a successful patient project to the IHI team. Led by Pat Cooper, R.N., director of health care improvement, Baylor Plano, clinicians presented their project which targeted the prevention of surgical infections.
The 5 Million Lives campaign, which is sponsored principally by America’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans, builds upon the success of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, in which 3,100 participating hospitals reduced inpatient deaths by an estimated 122,000 in 18 months through overall improvement in care, including improvement associated with six interventions recommended by the initiative. Baylor Health Care System has participated in both IHI campaigns.
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