That is a question that one hears more and more here at Children's of Alabama. This interest in HACs is a direct result of our participation in the Solutions for Patient Safety Network. Two concepts are key to the Solutions for Patient Safety initiative: HACs and bundles.
HAC is an acronym for Hospital Acquired Condition. A patient enters our care system for the management of a health problem. Sometimes while patients are in our care, they experience an event that undermines their health in a manner that is not related to their underlying disease process. Unfortunately, more of our patients experience hospital acquired conditions than we even recognize. Children's hospitals throughout the country are experiencing similar issues, which is why Children's is participating in the Solutions for Patient Safety initiative with more than 70 other hospitals nationwide.
Here are a few things every Children's employee can do to help the "Quest for Zero" effort: