100,000 Lives Campaign

In 2004, The University of Kansas Health System took a leadership role in the 100,000 Lives Campaign, a nationwide patient safety initiative to avoid preventable deaths in hospitals. Our health system was one of the first to participate in the program, which is now the 5 Million Lives Campaign. By participating, our health system adopted initiatives that improved hospital practice and saved lives. Although the 100,000 Lives Campaign concluded in 2006, these initiatives remain in place as part of our organization's best practices.

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Lifesaving Strategies

When the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the 100,000 Lives Campaign, The University of Kansas Health System was already adopting many of its recommended strategies. Our first step was to create a multidisciplinary Rapid Response Team (RRT). RRTs save lives by quickly focusing all available resources at the bedside when a patient's condition unexpectedly deteriorates.

Other strategies recommended by the 100,000 Lives Campaign include:

  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for heart attack
  • Ensure each patient receives the right medication to prevent adverse reactions
  • Employ evidence-based practices to prevent ventilator-acquired pneumonia, surgical-site infections and central-line infections

5 Million Lives Campaign

We have joined IHI's 5 Million Lives Campaign to prevent medical injuries and harm.

By following key elements of the 5 Million Lives program, we and our other partner hospitals aim to:

  • Prevent harm from high-alert medications, starting with a focus on anticoagulants, sedatives, narcotics and insulin.
  • Reduce surgical complications by reliably implementing all of the changes in care recommended by SCIP, the Surgical Care Improvement Project.
  • Prevent pressure ulcers by reliably using science-based guidelines for their prevention.
  • Reduce methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices.
  • Deliver reliable, evidence-based care for congestive heart failure to avoid readmissions.
  • Get Boards on board by defining and spreading the best-known leveraged processes for health system Board of Directors, so they can become far more effective in accelerating organizational progress toward safe care.