We are always working to make sure you are safe while you are a patient at a Vidant Health hospital. We follow certain practices to help prevent infections and harmful occurrences while patients are in our hospitals. Grouped together, these steps are referred to as a “bundle.” We measure how well we do at following all the steps in a bundle. How we perform is called our compliance rate.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) vice president and patient safety expert, Carol Haraden, PhD, comments on the power and popularity of “bundles” in improvement initiatives:
A bundle is a structured way of improving the processes of care and patient outcomes: a small, straightforward set of evidence-based practices — generally three to five — that, when performed collectively and reliably, have been proven to improve patient outcomes.
The power of a bundle comes from the body of science behind it and the method of execution: with complete consistency. It’s not that the preventive steps in a bundle are new; they’re well established best practices, but they’re often not performed uniformly, making treatment unreliable. A bundle ties the steps together into a package of interventions that people know must be followed for every patient, every single time.
It resembles a list, but a bundle is more than that. A bundle has specific preventive steps that make it unique.
Below are two bundles that have been incredibly effective helping hospitals reduce to nearly zero the incidence of deadly infections that used to be so common they were accepted as unavoidable.
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