Hospital inpatient—hospital type
A hospital uses round-the-clock pulse oximetry monitoring to identify patients who exhibit early signs of deterioration and automatically notify their nurse, leading to reductions in rescue events and transfers to the intensive care unit.
California legislation enhances access to affordable care by limiting the amount hospitals can collect from low- and moderate-income patients who are uninsured or lack adequate coverage and hence face high out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Patients receive a notepad with sample questions and informational prompts intended to facilitate communication with physicians, leading to more notetaking by patients and a greater likelihood of having their questions answered by physicians.
Nurses and nurse aids in intensive care units bathe patients each day using washcloths impregnated with an antiseptic agent, leading to a significant reduction in hospital-acquired infections.
An emergency department uses an eight-variable risk assessment tool to determine which patients should be tested for undiagnosed HIV, leading to the identification of the same number of HIV-positive patients as through universal screening, thus suggesting greater cost-effectiveness.
Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions) provides hospitals a comprehensive set of interventions to improve the care transition process after discharge, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions.
A safety net hospital employs a software application that uses electronic health record data and predictive modeling to identify and allocate scarce resources to high-risk patients, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.
A multifaceted program featuring education and feedback, ultraviolet room disinfection devices, and a dedicated housekeeping team significantly improved the thoroughness of room cleanings and reduced the percentage of rooms housing patients with Clostridium difficile infections that tested positive for the pathogen at patient discharge.
Emergency department clinicians and staff identify veterans at moderate risk of suicide, work with them to develop a safety plan, and follow up after discharge to ensure adherence to the plan and connections to community-based support, leading to better access to outpatient mental health services.
A children's hospital uses an enterprise data warehouse to assist multidisciplinary teams in identifying and addressing opportunities to improve quality, leading to better adherence to evidence-based guidelines, less unnecessary care, and significant cost savings.