Dupont Hospital introduced the principles of the Lean production model to its surgery department, leading to more than a doubling of the percentage of on-time surgery starts, from 27 to 66 percent.
Remote viewing of neonatal intensive care unit infants reduces maternal anxiety and promotes mother–infant bonding.
A multipronged active surveillance program for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) significantly reduced VRE transmission rates in a 12-bed transplant intensive care unit.
Over a 10-year period, Hackensack University Medical Center designed a set of strategies to improve nurse satisfaction, reduce length of stay, and enhance case management for selected conditions, leading to improvements including reductions in nurse turnover and length of stay.
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of “flow management” to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
A hospital implemented a medication reconciliation process, the cornerstone of which is a one-page structured form that nurses, physicians, and pharmacists use to list all medications taken by the patient at home, confirm the continuation of existing medications, order newly prescribed medications, and facilitate medication reconciliation during patient transfers and at discharge.
Statewide telehealth ANGELS (Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System) initiative connects rural Arkansas women who have high-risk pregnancies to specialty prenatal consultations and tertiary services and improves mother and infant outcomes.
Providers used an established tool to classify patients into low-, moderate-, or high-risk categories for deep vein thrombosis and then prescribe preventive anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication and/or mechanical devices, increasing prophylaxis use and decreasing deep vein thrombosis rates.
Acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms improve care quality and reduce costs in a cardiac care unit by drastically decreasing patient transfers.
Virginia Mason Medical Center instituted a patient safety alert system that requires all staff who encounter a situation likely to harm a patient to make an immediate report and cease any activity that could cause further harm.