A collaborative partnership between the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Union Rescue Mission shelter, and other community stakeholders has led to free, comprehensive dental services available to homeless individuals in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a program to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in three intensive care units, including two pediatric intensive care units and one cardiac intensive care unit. The program adapts a bundle of evidence-based interventions commonly used to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia in adults to the pediatric population.
In collaboration with several community partners, the University of Texas Medical Branch provides remote mental health assessment and treatment services via videoconferencing technology and onsite case management to low-income, minority, and other students and parents in seven school-based primary care clinics in the Galveston Independent School District.
Physicians at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD, conduct periodic, remote bedside rounds to augment regular physician rounds for patients who undergo uncomplicated gastric bypass laparoscopy.
A hospital association forged consensus on statewide standards for use of color-coded wristbands and provided implementation support to hospitals, leading to widespread adoption of the standards.
The Health Literacy Collaborative of UnityPoint Health (previously Iowa Health System) educates staff on the importance of communicating health information clearly to patients and families regardless of reading ability, creates easy-to-understand materials based on patients' needs and preferences, and trains health care workers to use these materials with their patients.
A hospital standardized and automated evidence-based protocols and processes, leading to a significant reduction in surgical site infections, postoperative myocardial infarction, and postoperative deep vein thrombosis.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System used Positive Deviance to encourage all employees at two facilities to use their own experiences to brainstorm and implement strategies for reducing hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.
Standardized plans of care, enabled by the Hands-on Automated Nursing Data System, helps nurses document and communicate patient information, which is particularly critical during patient handoffs.
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center used principles adopted from the Lean method of the Toyota Production System to improve patient safety and the overall functioning of the operating room by reducing foot traffic into and out of the surgical suite.