Improving Quality and Patient Care

MHA and the affiliated Maryland Patient Safety Center enhance patient safety and the overall health status of the communities served by Maryland's hospitals.

Our current efforts include work on catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, hand hygiene, sepsis, surgical site infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

In effort to support enhanced collaboration and the accurate measurement of reductions in complications, MHA has convened a series of work groups to develop standard definitions for certain diagnoses identified by the hospital field:  

  • UTI
  • Pneumonia
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Post-operative respiratory insufficiency
  • Obstetric hemorrhage
  • Obstetric lacerations
  • Renal failure
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Renal insufficiency

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