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Colorado 5 Million Lives Campaign


Over 40,000 incidents of medical harm occur in the United States every day, making medical errors the fifth leading cause of death nationwide, according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). To help implement and strengthen systems and safeguards that prevent such problems as hospital-acquired infections, adverse drug events, surgical errors, pressure ulcers and other medical complications, IHI launched the national 5 Million Lives Campaign to prevent five million incidents of harm over two years. More than 3,000 hospitals nationwide voluntarily enlisted to participate in the campaign.

Building on the successful Colorado 100k Lives Campaign, The Colorado Trust supported the Colorado 5 Million Lives Campaign to help hospitals across the state further strengthen their quality improvement systems, ensuring safe patient care. Fifty-four acute care hospitals in Colorado were awarded grants over an 18-month period to participate in the campaign. Grants from The Trust also supported an additional five hospitals to participate in the campaign’s educational programs and technical assistance trainings.

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Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.