Document Type: Original Article
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Preventive Medicine and Occupational Risk Prevention Services, University General Hospital of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Nursery College, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Background: Avoidable mortality (AM) is one of the most important health indicators (HI) and represents the quality of care in a hospital.
Objective: This study measured the efficacy of a training program for a hospital healthcare staff to reduce AM.
Methods: This epidemiological study on community intervention analyzed time-series data on HI by semesters from 2008 to 2015. The pre-intervention phase was examined from January 2008 to December 2014; the intervention phase was investigated in the first semester of 2015; and the post-intervention phase was examined in the second semester of 2015.
Results: Resindicate a series with a rising tendency until the 14th semester and a pronounced descent in the 16th semester. The relative variation rate (RVR) was -20% to +20% with some exceptions. HI was 0.53% in the 16th semester rather than the expected 0.70% observed in the pre-intervention phase; therefore, 0.17% additional deaths were avoided because of the training seminar.
Conclusion: The positive results suggest that this strategy is an important element in decreasing avoidable deaths in hospitals.