Vidant Health transforms quality care following a blood event in 2006

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 11, 2014

In 2006, a blood transfusion error at one of Vidant Health's facilities led to a patient receiving the wrong blood, an error that eventually led to the patient's death.
The event prompted leaders in the system - which is made up of nine hospitals, physician practices, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and other healthcare services serving 29 counties in eastern North Carolina - to take a hard look at patient safety and quality care within the entire organization, and make some significant changes to improve care.
Eight years later, Vidant Health is the recipient of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission based on its systemwide quality transformation. Since 2006, Vidant Health has committed its focus to improving patient safety through board literacy in quality, an aggressive transparency policy, patient-family partnerships, and leader and physician engagement.
This is an excerpt from an article in the June issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.
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