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American Family Children's Hospital Joins Patient Safety Collaborative

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American Family Children's Hospital Joins Patient Safety Collaborative

SPS children's hospitals want to create a universally-safe environment for all children in hospital care. Madison, Wisconsin - American Family Children's Hospital recently joined the Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) National Children’s Network.

"One of our key priorities is to collaborate with the leading children's hospitals in the country to eliminate hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions," says American Family Children's Hospital vice president Jeff Potawsky. "We are driven to continuously improve the quality of health care for children that we serve."

Better, More Effective Care

The goal of SPS National Children’s Network member children’s hospitals is to create a universally-safe environment for all children in hospital care. More than 80 children's hospitals in the United States share information about the best ways to provide safe, effective care for children in the areas of:

  • Medication
  • Urinary tract infections that result from catheters (CAUTI)
  • Blood stream infections that result from central lines (CLABSI) 
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Infections that result from surgery
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)

Savings and Safety

According to the SPS website, since 2012, this national effort has led to an estimated savings of more than $79 million and saved 3,699 children from serious harm, with a consistent upward trend in harm prevented every month.


Date Published: 06/08/2015