April 2023 Joint HQIC LAN – Transitions in Care: Preventing Sepsis-Related Readmissions

April 27, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Prepared by IPRO HQIC

Anyone can develop sepsis, a life-threatening, complex and challenging condition to manage. There are significant human and financial costs associated with it. Every year more than 1.7 million adults in the U.S. develop sepsis, leading to over 270,000 deaths. Roughly 19% of sepsis survivors are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, leading to $3.1 billion in annual costs. Well-defined systems and processes across the continuum are crucial to delivering the right care at the right time to the right patient.

This event will feature proactive transitions in care and hand-off strategies to the next level of care provider to improve patient outcomes and prevent sepsis-related readmissions. The patient voice will be highlighted via a sepsis survivor story. Key discharge planning, patient and family engagement, health equity, infection prevention and patient education tactics will also be shared.

Learning Objectives:
Through this program, participants will:

  • Review successful care coordination and partnership strategies across the care continuum to prevent sepsis-related hospital readmissions.
  • Explore promising practices for overcoming challenges that affect handoffs to the next level of care.
  • Learn how to engage patients and families as partners and integrate their health-related social needs into the discharge planning process to improve patient outcomes.
  • Hear about a sepsis survivor story.

Who Should Attend:
Nurses, Sepsis Coordinators, Care Coordinators, Front-line and Emergency Department Staff, Infection Preventionists, Clinical and Hospital Leaders, Physicians, Patient Safety and Quality Professionals.

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TAP: A Strategy to Prioritize and Implement HAI Prevention Efforts in Your Hospital

Prepared by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IPRO HQIC

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 Start Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Join us for a webinar featuring subject matter experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn about a comprehensive strategy to reduce hospital acquired infections (HAI). The Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Strategy is a CDC-developed framework for quality improvement that uses data to drive interventions that will prevent healthcare-associated infections.

The TAP strategy targets healthcare facilities and specific units within facilities that have a disproportionate burden of HAIs so that prevention efforts can be prioritized and implemented where they will have the greatest impact. Our speakers will discuss the latest updates in the strategy and tools, including adaptation for smaller facilities.

Your participation in this webinar will provide you with updated information on:

  • How to use NHSN collected data to identify opportunities for improvement by facility and unit.
  • How to calculate a cumulative attributable difference (CAD)* to identify a concrete infection reduction goal
  • How to use CDC assessments to target the focus of improvement work and identify high value interventions.

*The number of infections that must be prevented to achieve an HAI reduction goal. 

March 21, 2023, Joint HQIC LAN – Acute Pain Alternatives: The Impact of Avoiding Opioids on Hospital Delirium

Prepared by IPRO HQIC

Join us for this special presentation featuring real-world strategies for preventing hospital delirium! Delirium affects as many as 50% of hospitalized patients over the age of 65. Furthermore, delirium accounts for increased length of stay, hospital readmissions, emergency department visits and institutionalization of older adults. Delirium is often precipitated by opioid use for pain management. Don’t miss this discussion on alternatives, using an example of a successful hospital project. These initiatives will inspire you to take on delirium prevention at your facility!



February 28, 2023 Joint HQIC LAN – I Want to, I Just Don’t Know How: A Practical Guide for Advancing Health Equity

Prepared by IPRO HQIC

This session will highlight best practices and examples for
successfully implementing health equity strategies within hospital
settings. Rosa Abraha, MPH, Alliant HQIC’s health equity lead, will
address frequently asked questions from hospitals and engage in a
discussion with participants.



IPRO HQIC March 2023 PFE LAN: Reducing Harms Through the Five PFE Best Practices

Prepared by AIR for IPRO HQIC

This learning event focuses on how the PFE Best Practices can be used to partner with patients and designated family caregivers to avoid harms during their hospital stay. Guest speakers share their personal experiences using PFE Best Practices to avoid harms. The event also introduces a new tool to help hospitals apply the five PFE best practices to reducing all-cause harms.

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IPRO HQIC December 2022 Person and Family Engagement LAN: Leveraging Lessons Learned in 2022 to Move Forward in Action in 2023

Prepared by IPRO HQIC

The event provides a recap of PFE implementation for the HQIC during 2022 and looks forward to opportunities to implement and utilize PFE in 2023.  The information can help hospitals measure their own progress and set goals for future work in PFE.

Joint HQIC Antibiotic Stewardship: Quick Wins for Improving Duration of Therapy – November 8, 2022

Prepared by IPRO HQIC

Antibiotic Stewardship (AS) remains a national priority aimed at optimizing antibiotic use to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harms caused by unnecessary use and combat antibiotic resistance. This event features national antibiotic use and duration of therapy (DOT) trending data, strategies to address AS challenges, examples of best practice to improve antibiotic discharge prescribing, and a hospital’s success with engaging leaders, providers and front-line staff in a hospital-wide initiative to improve DOT and outcomes.

Pre-recorded Learning Modules on Person and Family Engagement

Prepared by AIR for IPRO HQIC

What is Person and Family Engagement and Why Does it Matter?

This presentation outlines the benefits of PFE to improve care and shows how hospital staff can invite patients and families to become partners with them in direct care or in general hospital improvement. A list of resources is shared at the end of the presentation. A transcript is available to accompany the recorded presentation in the IPRO HQIC Resource Library.

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How Can Person and Family Engagement Practices Help Reduce All-Cause Harms in Hospitals?

This 14-minute presentation expands on engaging patients and families to be partners and focuses on using PFE as a quality improvement strategy that can assist in reducing all-cause harms (e.g., falls, pressure injuries, infections) in the hospital. The presentation introduces the
five PFE Best Practices required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for hospitals enrolled in the Hospital Quality Improvement Contract (HQIC). It explains how these best practices can be implemented and applied to improve patient safety at the hospital. A list of
resources is shared at the end of the presentation. A transcript is available to accompany the recorded presentation in the IPRO HQIC Resource

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Identifying and Supporting Patient Representatives on a Quality Improvement or Patient Safety Committee

Prepared by AIR for IPRO HQIC

The September PFE Learning and Action Event explores how patient and family representatives can contribute to QI or patient safety initiatives. The one-hour session explains the roles and responsibilities of patient and family representatives and teaches hospitals how to recruit and prepare patients and family members to participate in meaningful ways on committees, including helpful onboarding resources. Patient and family representatives also share their experiences serving on committees and provide practical guidance on how to better support representatives.

Stop Sepsis Now

Prepared by IPRO NQIIC

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis each year. Nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis.

The IPRO QIN-QIO developed the following materials for patients, both in English and Spanish, along with provider-facing resources and training materials.

IPRO HQIC – June 2022 LAN: Identifying and Supporting a PFE Leader in Your Hospital


The June PFE Learning and Action Event focuses on the roles, responsibilities, and benefits of a dedicated PFE leader in both small and large hospitals. This event explores how to create a PFE leader role using existing resources and tools, and ways in which PFE leaders can partner with hospital executives, patients, and families. PFE Leaders from IPRO HQIC hospitals share practical guidance and lessons they have learned.

Moving Forward Using Lessons Learned to Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) June 23, 2022 – Part 2 of the 5-part Joint HQIC ‘Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections’ Learning & Action Network Series.

Prepared by IPRO HQIC

Preventing CLABSI remains a national patient safety priority given its associated harms of increased hospital length of stay, costs, morbidity and a 12–25 percent mortality rate. Recent studies have shown that during the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals experienced a significant increase in their CLABSI rates. This dynamic webinar features proactive strategies and tools for preventing all-cause harm related to CLABSI and showcases a hospital’s success with engaging leaders, providers and front-line staff in a hospital-wide initiative to drive down device utilization, increase bundle compliance and improve outcomes.