25 Minnesota Hospitals Win Patient Safety Awards

They're winners in the fourth round of a year-old recognition program by the Minnesota Hospital Association. The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, shown here, was honored for three of MHA's four safety campaigns: safe count, safe from falls, safe site.

the exterior of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, MinnesotaThe Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, Minn., and its more than 700 doctors, nurses, and other staffers are among the honorees in the Minnesota Hospital Association's Patient Safety Excellence Awards program. MHA announced June 12 that 25 hospitals earned awards in the fourth round of the year-old recognition program, and Cuyuna alone earned awards for three of MHA's four safety campaigns: safe count, safe from falls, and safe site. The campaigns target the most prevalent adverse health events; the fourth one is safe skin, for preventing bedsores.

To qualify for the awards, hospitals must have implemented at least 90 percent of a campaign's required safety measures, such as verifying they reposition at-risk patients at least every two hours to prevent bedsores. The requirements are based on national and state best practices, MHA says.

For information about Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, visit this site. Visit this site for a details on the Patient Safety Excellence Awards and the list of this round's award winners, which include the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the Austin Medical Center in the Mayo Health System.

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