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Asthma "Lounge" Within Emergency Department Reduces Waiting Times, Return Visits, and Hospitalizations 08/27/08

A hospital set up an “asthma lounge” within its emergency department that enables staff to provide quicker treatment and education to patients having asthma attacks.

Sepsis Alert Program Leads to More Timely Diagnosis and Treatment, Reducing Morbidity, Mortality, and Length of Stay 08/25/08

The Sepsis Alert Program at Christiana Care is a care management program that incorporates a number of initiatives to support the prompt identification and treatment of patients who have sepsis.

Safety Mentors Create Culture To Reduce Adverse Events and Increase Error Reporting 08/25/08

Safety mentors at Christiana Care Health System help staff implement best-practice safety behaviors and reporting of errors and near misses, leading to a reduction in serious adverse events and increased identification and/or reporting of near misses.

Patient Safety Rounds Identify Systems Problems and Improve Perceptions of Commitment to Safety 08/21/08

The University of Michigan Medical Center uses patient safety rounds to help establish a culture of safety within the organization; during these rounds, hospital management and frontline staff work together to identify hazards and take actions to reduce or eliminate them.

Voluntary System to Report and Analyze Nursing Errors Leads to Patient Safety Improvements 08/12/08

The Healthcare Alliance Safety Partnership was a 3-year pilot project involving a board of nursing and three hospital systems in developing a voluntary, nonpunitive system for reporting, investigating, and analyzing nursing errors.

Noise Alert System Helps Staff and Visitors to Reduce Decibel Levels in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 08/12/08

A sound monitoring and alert system in a neonatal intensive care unit alerts clinicians and visitors when sound levels are too high.

Hospital Revamps Morbidity and Mortality Conferences to Focus on System-Wide Improvement, Leading to Better Identification and Addressing of Quality Problems 07/30/08

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University transformed its monthly morbidity and mortality conferences from didactic teaching opportunities for residents into interactive, multidisciplinary quality improvement forums.

Realistic Simulations Improve Teamwork and Care Processes in the Operating Room 07/24/08

Practicing simulated surgical situations in real hospital operating rooms leads to better teamwork and improved care processes during everyday practice.

Real-Time Surgery Tracking Leads to Better Operating Room Utilization and Turnover, and Earlier Surgery Starts 07/22/08

Regional Medical Center revised its process for tracking the current status of operating rooms to efficiently update staff and surgeons about surgical procedures that are in progress, thus allowing them to fill available gaps in the schedule and quickly respond to delays in room turnover.

Education and Reminder Card for Those on Multiple Medications Enhances Patient Understanding, But Not Satisfaction or Safety 07/18/08

The Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine developed a computer-generated, customized medication education and reminder card for patients discharged on multiple medications; the card was tested as an alternative to the medication discharge worksheet commonly used by nurses at Mayo.

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