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Children's Hospital Colorado is committed to excellence in caring for kids. Here is an overview of prevention measures for hospital-acquired conditions for our locations throughout the region.
The term “hospital-acquired condition,” sometimes referred to as an HAC, is used to describe complications of treatment that patients develop while under hospital care. Some examples of hospital-acquired conditions are:
Many – but not all – of these conditions are preventable, which is why we at Children’s Colorado continuously work to reduce the risk of these complications arising and potentially harming our patients.
At Children’s Colorado, we measure the number of HACs that occur each month:
If a patient experiences a HAC, we have systems and processes in place that allow us to quickly identify and respond to the complication. These formalized patient safety initiatives help us treat the patient as quickly and effectively as possible and to identify ways to prevent the issue in the future.
The graph above shows a rolling total of hospital-acquired conditions. Each month shows the sum of the previous 12 months. The lower the number, the better.
Over this rolling 12-month period, we continued our work on reducing preventable harm. The increase in the number of events seen in this graph reflects the exceptional success we had reducing central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in 2017. In 2018, we saw decreases in many types of hospital-acquired conditions that we measure and strive to improve. Our care teams continue to understand the causes of hospital-acquired conditions, including CLABSIs, and implement improvement strategies.
"Since we began our focused work on eliminating preventable harm, we have seen a 50 to 75% reduction in the rate of these hospital-acquired conditions."
How is Children’s Colorado preventing hospital-acquired conditions?
As a top pediatric hospital, we’re not only dedicated to our patients and their families, but we’re also dedicated to transparency. We share this data so that parents know they’re getting high-quality, specialized care for their child when they’re in the hands of one of our 3,000+ pediatric experts.
See outcomes and data from our Breathing Institute, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Heart Institute and Orthopedics Institute. We've also published our most recent patient experience rates, so you can see honest feedback from parents and patients about the care they receive.