The IHC Drumbeat is a monthly email featuring hospital success stories, recorded IHC webcasts, and local/national educational resources
May 25, 2016
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Featured in this issue:

Hospital Spotlight -
Pella Regional Health Center


Addressing Post-Partum Hemorrhage in a Community Hospital
Obstetrical staff at Pella Regional Health Center encountered a difficult patient situation in the spring of 2015. The patient experienced a post-partum hemorrhage and some of the needed responses were delayed. The outcome for the patient was good, but after investigation the OB team knew that several processes needed revision. 

Project Development:
The OB staff consulted one of the OB GYN physicians who had practiced at other locations, most recently a University setting.  She was able to provide much information about post-partum hemorrhage and current evidence for the staff and physicians.  As a result the staff dove further into the research material available to learn how to be more effective in preventing and controlling post-partum hemorrhage for our patient population.

Using Lean Methodology, they gathered all disciplines involved in potential care of the at-risk OB patient: blood bank staff, OB nurses, OB physicians, information technology staff, surgery staff and general surgeons.  All reviewed the current literature and discussed assessment criteria and warning signs as well as potential interventions.  Physicians felt that the hospital needed to invest in equipment, changes in blood bank protocol and staff response times.  In addition nurses needed to be educated in the appropriate assessment criteria, early interventions, communication and treatment.

Much information was gleaned from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (2015). The OB manager and key staff leaders in the department reviewed information available from that source as well as other literature.  The OB GYN champion physician led the education for our medical staff on interventions and equipment the hospital needed to obtain.  Some of the equipment included an ultrasound unit, which was newly obtained earlier in the year.  Another was the Bakri Balloon which was new for several physicians.

The OB staff needed to accurately account for blood loss, which was another education issue.  A scale was obtained and proper methodology outlined according to literature sources.  Additional materials needed such as packing, speculums, banjo curette, and selected medications were necessary -- so a cart was obtained that could house all materials in one location that would be wheeled to the patient room when needed...

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*This spotlight feature was composed by Yvonne O'Brien-Evans, Chief Nursing Officer, Pella Regional Health Center and Karen Westercamp, Pella Regional Health Center


IHC Regional Meetings

Attend a Regional Meeting!

We have already had three successful regional meetings! Thank you to those who attended the sessions at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Covenant Medical Center, and Cass County Memorial Hospital; and thank you to those hospitals for hosting!

Interested in attending a meeting? The final meeting is tomorrow May 26th at the Iowa Hospital Association in Des Moines (Education Center).

Come and hear how to use data to effect change in your hospital. When: 9:00am -12:00pm. On-site registration is available.

Questions? Email Jennifer Brockman at

Registration Now Open!

Iowa Healthcare Collaborative HEN 2.0 Learning Community
The Meadows Events & Conference Center
June 14, 2016
The IHC Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0 Learning Community will be held on Tuesday, June 14th at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. It will feature a day of content focused on driving improvement and quality.

Randy Fenninger, CEO of the National Blood Clot Alliance, a patient-focused not-for-profit voluntary health and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots, will present a plenary session on Medication Self-Management.

Additional presentations will focus on the impact of the work of Iowa Hospitals in influencing patient safety initiatives and the use of data to implement and drive change within our organizations and communities.

Please join us for what promises to be an engaging and educational day!
Follow this link  to Register

For more information, please contact Norma at


Updated PfP HEN Metric and Measurement Toolkit

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) HEN has built a web-based Partnership for Patients (PfP) HEN Reporting Database to track and monitor progress toward the campaign PfP Aims, 40% reduction in Hospital-acquired Conditions and 20% reduction in Readmissions. The PfP HEN Reporting Database design supports improvement work of HEN hospitals and allows hospitals to monitor trends in Process and Outcomes measures.
Do you use the database to monitor data? If yes, have you seen the IHC Metric and Measurement Toolkit?

The PfP HEN IHC Metric and Measurement Toolkit describes the PfP HEN Reporting Database and contains detailed information on HEN focus areas, measures (numerator and denominator), reporting deadlines, and database navigation. The toolkit is now updated and includes new helpful reporting resources.
Check out the toolkit today! Follow this link.


HEN Bi-weekly Updates

Want more resources and don't want to wait for the next Drumbeat? We have good news for you! Now on the IHC website, the IHC HEN team will be posting bi-weekly updates.

The updates include changes to the reporting database, new webinars and recordings, events, CART, MBQIP information, and much more!

Bookmark the News and Events page today and watch for those updates! Bookmark this page:

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Upcoming Calls:
Infection Control Call - June 13, 2016 at 11:00am CT.

What's Up Call -
June 21, 2016 at 10:00am CT.
HEN Reporting Deadlines
April 2016:

*was due May 20

All Reporting -
June 15, 2016

CEO Reminder -
July 1, 2016

*Questions? Contact Jennifer at
Upcoming Events:
  • HEN 2.0 PfP Education Series - Culture of Safety: What's Your Role?
    May 25, 2016 - Follow this link for more information.
  • HEN Learning Community - June 14, 2016
    Registration now open! Follow this link.
  • Care Coordination Conference - June 15, 2016
    Registration now open! Follow this link.
  • TeamSTEPPS Master Training - June 23, 2016
    Follow this link for more information.
  • SIM Learning Community - July 12, 2016
  • TeamSTEPPS Community of Practice, Workshop - July 13, 2016
    Email Kady Reese for more information
  • IHC Annual Conference - August 16, 2016
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