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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique collaborative effort among business leaders and health care providers to make Ohio the safest place in the nation for health care has led to more than $12.8 million in health care savings, more than 900 fewer patient days spent in the hospital and nearly 3,600 fewer adverse drug events and infections in children.

The Solutions for Patient Safety initiative, launched in January 2009 and funded with a $1.5 million investment from the Cardinal Health Foundation, is a partnership among the Cardinal Health Foundation, the Ohio Business Roundtable, the Central Ohio Hospital Council, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio Children's Hospital Association and 25 hospitals throughout the state.  The goal of the partnership is to improve quality and reduce costs of health care statewide.

"Cardinal Health is proud to be a founding sponsor and ongoing partner in this groundbreaking initiative that has and will continue to save lives – not only throughout Ohio, but across the nation," said George S. Barrett, chairman and CEO, Cardinal Health. "The impressive results of the Solutions for Patient Safety initiative prove that true collaboration among healthcare leaders and clinicians can create meaningful transformation in patient care."

Ohio's eight children's hospitals and 17 Central Ohio hospitals worked to implement specific programs to reduce health care-associated infections (HAIs) and medication errors. Through their work, the hospitals identified data collection protocols and best practice processes that were shared among the institutions and will also be shared with interested outside organizations in Ohio and nationwide.  

Specifically, the Central Ohio hospitals focused on reducing catheter-associated blood borne infections and reducing health care-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Simultaneously, Ohio's children's ho

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