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    Patient Safety Measures

    These measures go beyond the basic "core measures" and are generally measured and shared by hospitals focusing intensely on quality and service. Some of these measures are not publicly reported to any regulatory agencies but are important in expanding the scope of quality improvement.

    Note: Our Quality data is submitted to different reporting agencies in different ways. Data/information that appear on California Pacific's Quality web pages may be assigned either to individual or combined campuses at California Pacific based on a set of complex rules, such as hospital license numbers and Medicare identification numbers.

    Pressure Ulcers

    Graphs of percentages of patients with pressure ulcers
    Note: A lower percentage is better.
    Source: California Nursing Outcomes Coalition (CalNOC)

    The graphs above show the percentage of patients with pressure ulcers from Jul-Oct 2009 as follows:

    Pressure Ulcers Jul-Sep 2009
    IndicatorCPMCSt. Luke'sCalNOC Average
    Critical Care Units0.0%0.0%5.0%
    Skilled Nursing Units2.7%0.0%3.5%
    Medical-Surgical Units1.4%2.9%2.5%

    What are we measuring?
    The percentage of patients with hospital-acquired pressure ulcers on critical care units, skilled nursing units, and medical-surgical units.

    Why is this important?
    A pressure ulcer (or skin breakdown) is a sore caused by pressure that causes damage to the underlying tissue. Patients who are unable to move around due to illness or other factors are at risk for developing this condition. Pressure ulcers increase the risk for other medical problems, including infection.

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    Patient Falls

    Graphs of rates of patient falls
    Note: A lower number is better.
    Source: California Nursing Outcomes Coalition (CalNOC)

    The graphs above show the rates of patient falls from Jul-Oct 2009 as follows:

    Patient Falls Jul-Sep 2009
    IndicatorCPMCSt. Luke'sCalNOC Average
    Critical Care Units0.7%0.0%1.2%
    Skilled Nursing Units5.1%7.5%3.7%
    Medical-Surgical Units1.9%3.9%3.4%

    What are we measuring?
    The rate of falls experienced by patients on critical care units, skilled nursing units, and medical-surgical units.

    Why is this important?
    Illness and other factors place patients at much greater risk for falls while in a hospital. Falls can result in serious injury. Efforts to prevent falls in the hospital setting involve identifying patients at risk of falling and implementing fall prevention strategies.

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