Cheers for Our Nurses and for NJ’s Great Strides in Cardiac Care

Great news for New Jersey: The state’s latest report card on cardiac surgery care in the state’s hospitals shows continued improvement. In fact, New Jersey’s mortality rate following heart surgery has now fallen to the lowest point since the state first started reporting the data in 1994-95.

Quality improvement is no accident. I happen to be writing this on Nurses Day, and I know that our nurses play a major role in our accomplishments in patient safety and quality improvement. Our steady, progressive improvement is the result of commitment, communication, attention to detail and persistence by those dedicated nurses as well as hospital leaders, physicians and the state Department of Health and Senior Services. It’s a partnership to examine our processes and outcomes in caring for cardiac patients, confront any shortcomings we find and dedicate ourselves to improvements that make our care better and safer.

All told, about 2 percent of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery died following the procedure in 2007, the report states. That’s a serious operation and clearly there are risks involved. But we aren’t content with that 2 percent rate – although it does represent a 54 percent decline over the last 15 years. Our goal is zero. Some would say that’s unattainable, but the important thing is the journey – every step along the way improves healthcare for our patients.

To our nurses and physicians, keep up the good work. To state Health Commissioner Dr. Poonum Alaigh, thanks for the leadership and kind words. And to the patients of New Jersey, rest assured, we’ll keep working to provide you the best care possible.

Written by Betsy Ryan at 15:23


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K McKean Kelly said...
Thank you Betsy! It takes an entire culture committed to quality improvement, but nurses are indeed the heart and soul that put it into action each hour of every shift.
May 6, 2010 02:03
Aline Holmes said...
Many thanks to the men and women taking care of patients in New Jersey’s hospitals! Whether you are caring for a sick infant in the nursery, helping someone take their first steps after surgery, or supporting a family in the midst of tragedy, your spirit and dedication shines through. Thank you to all who work so hard to bring safe quality care to the bedside!
May 6, 2010 03:07
Aline said...
At last! Someone who unrdeastnds! Thanks for posting!
January 4, 2013 09:53