Each year, at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum in Orlando, FL, project results from across the IHI portfolio are profiled in the annual progress report. This year, one of those projects was the NHS Improvement collaboratives in the South West of England.
The run chart above reflects a 7% reduction in Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate (HSMR) across acute hospitals in the region. In addition, nine NHS South West hospital units reported 95% compliance or greater for giving patients a venous thromboembolism risk assessment on admission to the intensive therapy unit.
The region has been collaborating in the acute care setting for more than 4 years and evolved the work to include mental health and care across the continuum, including non-acute hospitals, nursing homes, home health and ambulance services. It was great to see the team getting attention for their hard work.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement supported this work and provided content, execution and improvement leadership. I was the improvement advisor on the IHI team. (I built the run chart…:)