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  • What patient safety means to UK HealthCare

    Keeping you safe during your stay at one of our hospitals is our highest priority. We are committed to reducing infections and complications that can occur during a hospital stay. 

    We are tracking three measures:

    • Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) 
    • Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC)  
    • Serious Complications Composite (PSI) 

    Please see the tabs below for details:


  • Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) 

    This section shows certain injuries or other serious conditions patients got while they were in the hospital. These hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) are not common. However, if one does occur, it is up to hospital staff to identify and correct the problems that caused it.  

    hac2 Feb 2013

    Please note: the numbers shown do not take into account that different hospitals treat different sorts of patients. A community hospital, for instance, tends to treat patients who are less sick, while academic medical centers such as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital treat the most severely ill and injured patients. For this reason, they should not be used to compare one hospital to another.  

  • Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) 

    The healthcare-associated infections (HAI) measures are developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collected through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). They provide information on infections that patients develop while in the hospital. These infections can be related to devices, such as central lines and urinary catheters, or they can be spread from patient to patient through contact with an infected person or surface.  

    Less than 1 = UK had fewer infections than hospitals of similar type and size.  
    A score including 1 = UK's infection score was no different than hospitals of similar type and size.  
    More than 1 = UK had more infections than hospitals of similar type and size. 

    HAI 1 Feb 2013
  • Serious complications composite (PSI) (Lower is better)

    Higher rates of serious but potentially preventable complications may be a sign of poorer quality hospital care. Hospitals can reduce the chance of these serious complications by following safe practices. This composite summarizes 11 individual Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) measures.

    These measures include: 

    • Pressure sores.
    • Collapsed lung that results from medical treatment.
    • Infections from a large venous catheter.
    • Broken hip from a fall after surgery.
    • Blood clots in the lung or a large vein after surgery.
    • Bloodstream infection after surgery.
    • A rupture along a surgical suture.
    • Accidental cuts and tears.
    • Bleeding or a collection of blood internally after surgery.
    • Blood sugar problems or kidney failure following surgery.
    • Respiratory failure following surgery.

    UK Healthcare - AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators 


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