On December 12, 2006, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced a national campaign intended to dramatically reduce the incidents of medical harm in healthcare institutions in the United States. The 5 Million Lives Campaign, if successful, would be “the biggest improvement in patient safety in the history of modern health care” according to Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, President and CEO of IHI. The campaign will focus on matters such as the adoption of various improvements in care that can save lives and prevent injuries, such as decubitus ulcers (bed sores), surgical complications and infections.
The campaign is principally sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans. In addition, organizations such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the American Hospital Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pledged that their organizations will serve as national champions and clinical advisors in connection with the campaign.
For more information regarding the 5 Million Lives Campaign, please see the IHI release. If you or a family member has suffered injuries in connection with an incident of medical harm in a healthcare institution or elsewhere, please contact us on-line at Regan Zambri & Long or call us at (202) 753-4272 for a free consultation. If you would like to receive our electronic newsletter, please click here.