Emergency setting

Innovations

Multidisciplinary Hospital Team Proactively Meets With Patients and/or Families, Allowing Them to Better Deal With Unexpected Deaths and Other Negative Events 02/06/12

A multidisciplinary hospital team reaches out to and meets with patients and family members in a compassionate, supportive manner, allowing them to better deal with the loss of a loved one or other unexpected, negative events.

Trained Paramedics Provide Ongoing Support to Frequent 911 Callers, Reducing Use of Ambulance and Emergency Department Services 11/10/11

An emergency medical system provider uses advance practice paramedics to provide in-home and telephone-based support to patients who frequently call 911, reducing the use of ambulance and emergency department services.

Hospital Partners With Residential Treatment Facility to Offer Alternative Setting to Intoxicated Patients, Reducing Emergency Department Length of Stay 06/30/11

A hospital partners with a residential alcohol treatment center to offer medically stable emergency department patients with acute alcohol intoxication an alternative treatment setting, leading to lower emergency department length of stay, cost savings of nearly $2,000,000, and anecdotal reports of improved patient outcomes.

Skin Assessments Conducted as Part of Patient Intake Improve Documentation of Pressure Ulcers on Admission, Reduce Incidence During Stay 05/30/11

Nurses perform a baseline skin assessment on every newly admitted patient, leading to improvements in the identification and documentation of pressure ulcers on admission and to lower incidence of pressure ulcers.

Algorithm-Based Decision Support System Guides Trauma Staff During Initial Treatment, Leading to Fewer Medical Errors 05/04/11

A computerized decision support system uses algorithms and real-time patient information to guide the resuscitation of trauma patients, leading to fewer medical errors.

Imaging Protocol Sharply Reduces Overuse of Cervical Spine X-Rays for Emergency Department Trauma Patients 04/19/11

A simple protocol significantly reduces overuse of cervical spine x-rays in emergency department patients with traumatic injury.

Emergency Department Protocol Leads to Faster Identification and Treatment of Pediatric Patients With Sepsis 04/10/11

A “shock” protocol involving computerized flagging of abnormal vital signs and initiation of treatment based on standardized order sets led to faster identification and treatment of children with suspected sepsis in the emergency department.

Algorithm Guides Test Ordering for Patients With Suspected Pulmonary Embolism, Improving Patient Safety by Reducing Unnecessary Radiation Exposure 04/08/11

A hospital emergency department uses a simple algorithm and related tools to guide physician ordering of imaging studies for stable patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, leading to the provision of safer care by reducing unnecessary radiation exposure for patients.

Health System Improves Access to Culturally Competent Interpreters Through Participation in Telephone and Video Interpretation Network 03/24/11

Contra Costa Health Services provides video and telephonic interpretation services to diverse patient populations at its clinics and regional hospital through participation in a shared network of trained interpreters, leading to improved access to interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency.

Hospital-Based Program Educates and Arranges Community-Based Support for Young Victims of Violence, Leading to Fewer Repeat Episodes 02/21/11

A hospital-based program for young victims of penetrating trauma identifies those at risk of future violence, educates them about the need to change behaviors to reduce those risks, and connects them to community-based organizations that can help them in doing so, leading to fewer repeat episodes.

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