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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” (HAC) is used to describe complications of treatment that patients develop while under hospital care. Some examples of HACs are infections that occur in the blood stream or urinary tract when patients have devices in place, infections after surgery, falls, pressure ulcers, clots and complications of treatments with medications. Many (but not all) of these conditions are preventable, which is why we at Children’s Hospital Colorado continuously work to reduce the risk of these complications harming our patients.
At Children’s Colorado, we measure the number of HACs per month as part of our goal to prevent them whenever possible and track our success in reducing the occurrence.
If a patient experiences a HAC, we have systems and processes in place to quickly identify and respond to the complication. This helps us treat the child as quickly and effectively as possible and identify ways to prevent the issue in the future.
The graph shows the number of HACs in each individual month since January of 2013 (blue bars, relates to vertical axis on left) as well as a rolling total that is a sum of the prior 12 months (gray line, refers to right vertical axis). The lower the number, the better.
Over the past three years, we have seen a 20-30% reduction in the rate of these hospital acquired conditions, although our rate of improvement slowed in 2015.