Patient Safety Update

Resources for Patient Safety Awareness Week Now Available

Each year, hospitals across the nation celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week to increase awareness of patient safety issues among health care professionals and the public. The Indiana Hospital Association has developed a toolkit and resource portal to help members promote this year’s event, which is coming up March 11 – 17.

The toolkit includes materials such as social media posts, flyers, ready-to-use imagery, a customizable newsletter article, and helpful websites and resources. Its messaging highlights patient safety in general as well as specific hot topics, including opioid abuse, safe antibiotic usage, sepsis awareness, safe infant sleep practices, reducing sedation, progressive mobility, and hand hygiene, allowing hospitals to tailor the toolkit to address the issues most relevant to them.

In addition to the toolkit, a number of promotional items are available for purchase. These include stress balls, hand sanitizer, magnets, t-shirts, bookmarks, and first-aid kits as well as informational items like brochures, table tents, posters, and pop-up banners.

To access the toolkit or order promotional items, go to

Hospitals Track Improvement Using HIIN Calculator

A new tool is helping hospitals track their efforts to reduce inpatient harm and readmissions: the HIIN Improvement Calculator. The calculator, which is available to hospitals participating in the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust (AHA/HRET) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), calculates not only harms per discharge, but also harms prevented, lives saved, and costs saved.

The HIIN Improvement Calculator translates raw HIIN data into meaningful information. Hospitals report their data using the Comprehensive Data System and then upload it into the calculator to produce dashboard and summary tables.

More than 100 Indiana hospitals are participating in the AHA/HRET HIIN, which aims to decrease inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2019. For more information or help using the calculator, contact Patrick Nielsen at or 317-423-7740.