Florida’s Parrish Medical Center is the First Hospital to Commit to All 12 Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Patient
Safety Movement Foundation
 (PSMF) is very proud to announce that
Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida, has become the first
hospital to make formal commitments that align with all 12 Actionable
Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)
toward eliminating preventable
patient deaths by 2020 (0X2020). Earlier this year, Parrish Medical
Center made nine commitments through which 85 lives will be saved.
Parrish was named one of the winners of PSMF’s annual competition to win
a private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady
Rosalynn Carter for their estimated projection of “lives saved.”

In October, Parrish Medical Center’s Controller, Michael Sitowitz,
joined President and First Lady Carter on a private fishing trip in the
North Georgia Mountains. They were joined by four other individuals who
have contributed significantly to the Foundation’s expansion, both
domestically and internationally: Dr. Yisrael Safeek of the SafeCare
Group; Dr. Robert Kamei and Dr. Michelle Thai, the Foundation’s Regional
Network Co-Chairs in Asia; and Dr. Javier Davila, the Regional Network
Chair in Mexico. Parrish Medical Center will announce their commitments
at the 5th
Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit
February 3–4, 2017, at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa in Dana
Point, California.

Since its inception, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation has worked
with medical safety experts from around the world to develop a series of
simple and easy to follow processes to some of the most common patient
safety challenges that hospitals face today. These processes, called
Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS), can be adapted to almost any
clinical setting, anywhere in the world. There are currently 12 patient
safety challenges, and Parrish Medical Center has made a total of 16
commitments that align with all 12 APSS categories, resulting in 142
total lives saved so far in 2016.

“As a responsible medical provider on Florida’s east coast, Parrish
Medical Center has always put patient care and safety first,” said Edwin
Loftin, Vice President of Acute Care/CNO at Parrish Medical Center. “We
are honored to be a part of such a vital movement. The APSS make it easy
for medical professionals, in any setting, to follow step-by-step,
evidence-based and cost-saving procedures that will spare thousands of
families the tragic, yet preventable loss of a loved one.”

“I remember President Carter asking me why we hadn’t committed to all 12
APSS,” said Michael Sitowitz, Controller at Parrish Medical Center. “I
paused and thought, ‘That’s a good question.’ Once we got back from our
trip, we went to work on completing the remaining three commitments. It
was an honor to meet the former President and First Lady and it was a
once-in-a-lifetime experience and we left recharged to do even more.”

“We are impressed to see Parrish make a commitment for every one of our
APSS. They are leading the way as an excellent example of an
organization that is committed to putting patient safety first,” said
Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “We are
proud of the 1,624 hospitals that have made a formal commitment to reach
zero preventable deaths by the year 2020. I respectfully challenge every
hospital to incorporate all 12 APSS in the upcoming year—it is
imperative if we are to reach our goal of zero preventable deaths by
2020. Unlike over 200,000 families, that have lost loved ones due to a
medical error last year, the lives saved by these commitments allow
someone’s mother, father, child or loved one to be a part of their

“We are extremely grateful to former President Carter and First Lady
Rosalynn for once again offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
celebrate the winners and lives they will save,” continued Kiani.
“Through their leadership, the Carter Center has helped to improve the
quality of life for people in more than 80 countries. When they started,
Guinea Worm Disease afflicted an estimated 3.5 million people a year in
21 countries in Africa and Asia. Today, they have taken this number down
to 22 cases. We had some deep discussions on how we can expedite our
efforts to help eliminate the 3 million preventable patient deaths in
the developed world and 17,000,000 preventable deaths in the developing

Mr. Kiani concluded, “We hope to be announcing soon the next fishing
trip with President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn; so please go save
our neighbors, friends, and loved ones from preventable deaths and enter
into our next Fishing Trip competition. Stay tuned…”

For a list of commitments, please visit http://patientsafetymovement.org/commitments-list/.

The 12 APSS and Parrish’s commitment(s) for each one are as follows:

  1. Creating a Culture of Safety
    Parrish commits to a Culture
    of Safety surrounding resuscitation optimization, in which they will
    implement a system of all call rapid response to promote patient and
    family involvement in calling rapid response as well as any staff
  2. Healthcare-associated Infections
    Parrish commits to:

    Maintaining zero Indwelling Catheter Associated Urinary Tract
    – Achieve zero level hospital onset LAB ID event for
    MRSA bloodstream infection and Clostridium difficile infection

    Maintain zero Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection events
    – Maintain zero Ventilator Associated Event with
    Infection (VAE) events
    – Achieve zero deep Surgical Site
    Infection events for colon and hysterectomy procedures.
  3. Medication Errors
    Parrish commits to antimicrobial
    stewardship to achieve optimal clinical outcomes related to
    antimicrobial use.
  4. Monitoring for Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression
    commits to monitoring for opioid induced respiratory depression &
    deploying systems, assessment, intervention, electronic medical record
    (EMR), and equipment.
  5. Anemia and Transfusion
    Parrish commits to using
    evidence-based information to drive changes that minimize the use of
    allogeneic blood while maximizing patient outcomes.
  6. Hand-off Communications
    Parrish commits to distribute
    “Baby Boxes” to families post-delivery to decrease the incidence of
    co-bedding and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) through education
    and emphasis on SAFE SLEEP practices.
  7. Suboptimal Neonatal Oxygen Targeting
    Parrish commits to
    utilize evidenced based best practice initiatives to improve patient
    outcomes and protocols for optimal oxygenation in newborns. Policies
    and protocols will continuously be updated and reviewed to reflect the
    monitoring of all resuscitations and oxygen administration in both
    term and pre-term newborns.
  8. Failure to Detect Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD)
    commitment: Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening in Newborns
  9. Airway Safety
    Parrish commits to develop and deploy a
    comprehensive, team-based pathway and implement EBP to prevent
    delayed, missed, or lost airways.
  10. Early Detection of Sepsis
    Parrish commits to adopt key
    initiatives for early detection of sepsis, reduction in variation of
    care for this patient population, improved compliance with the Early
    Management Bundle, and severe Sepsis/Septic Shock.
  11. Optimal Resuscitation
    Parrish commits to deploy a system
    that supports early recognition of subtle changes in patient condition
    which allows for early intervention.
  12. Optimizing Obstetric Safety
    Parrish commits to optimize
    obstetric safety specifically in the care of pregnant women with
    Hypertensive disorders. The initiative will include a system of risk
    assessment, protocols, medication management and documentation.

Commitments that fall outside of current PSMF APSS categories include:

  • Zero falls with injury for patients
  • Maintain zero hospital-acquired stage III and IV pressure ulcers

Parrish Medical Center

Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is a public, nonprofit, acute care hospital
in Titusville, Florida, within sight of the launch towers of Kennedy
Space Center. PMC has been nationally recognized for clinical care
quality, patient safety, low cost, and overall patient experience. It
has committed to zero preventable patient deaths caused by indwelling
Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), Surgical Site
Infection for colon resection and total abdominal hysterectomy
procedures, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA),
Clostridum difficile infection (CDI), and Sepsis, among many other
potential causes.

About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation

More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals in ways that
could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was
established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics,
Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, to reduce that number of
preventable deaths to 0 by 2020 (0X2020). Improving patient safety will
require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including
patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies,
government, employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement
Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems and
solutions of patient safety. The Foundation also convenes Patient
Safety, Science and Technology Summits. The first annual Summit was held
in January 2013, and brought together some of our nation’s best minds
for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status
quo. By presenting specific, high-impact recipes to meet patient safety
challenges, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data
for whom their products are purchased, and asking hospitals to make
commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the
Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020. Visit www.patientsafetymovement.org.

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Patient Safety Movement Foundation
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