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Innovations

Early Activation of Acute Myocardial Infarction Team Reduces Time Between Emergency Department Arrival and Start of Angioplasty Procedure 02/26/08

The University of Michigan Health System redesigned the process for activating its acute myocardial infarction team, with an emphasis on the earliest possible electrocardiogram administration and team activation, ideally while the patient is en route to the hospital.

Child Abuse Experts Provide Videoconference-Enabled Consultations to Providers in Remote Emergency Departments and Clinics, Leading to More Accurate Diagnosis 02/25/08

Using interactive videoconferencing, the University of California at Davis provides 24-hour child abuse evaluation and consultation services to underserved rural areas and also provides monthly child abuse training to health care providers in these areas.

Rapid HIV Testing Program Enhances Access to HIV Education and Screening for At-Risk African-American and Hispanic Youth 02/25/08

The HIV Testing Program provides sexual health education, counseling, and HIV testing to at-risk youth in easy-to-access locations, along with individual counseling for those who test positive, leading to the successful identification and linking to treatment of HIV-positive individuals.

Home-Based Crisis Intervention Reduces Trauma Symptoms and Behavior Problems Among Children Who Witness Violence 02/25/08

The Summit County Children Who Witness Violence program was a collaborative effort sponsored by Akron Children's Hospital that was designed to decrease the traumatic impact of witnessing violence for children under the age of 18 years through the use of home-based trauma services.

Field-Based Outreach Workers Facilitate Access to Health Care and Social Services for Underserved Individuals in Rural Areas 02/25/08

Rural and Urban Access to Health, an integrated network of field-based workers, connects vulnerable populations to health, human, and social services in nine largely rural counties in central Indiana.

Pediatric Skin Care Program Focuses on Proactively Identifying and Providing Preventive Therapy to At-Risk Intensive Care Unit Patients, Leading to Significant Reductions in Pressure Ulcers 02/22/08

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a comprehensive skin care program to reduce pressure ulcers in its intensive care units, reducing pressure ulcer incidence by 59 percent.

Statewide Standards for Color-Coded Wristbands Are Adopted by Vast Majority of Arizona Hospitals 02/22/08

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.

Process Improvements Based on Lean Principles Reduce Operating Room Foot Traffic, Leading to Reduced Risk of Infection and Enhanced Staff Productivity and Satisfaction 02/20/08

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.

Comprehensive, Hospital-Based Program Significantly Reduces Pressure Ulcer Incidence and Associated Costs 02/20/08

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL, developed a comprehensive program called “Save Our Skin” that significantly reduced the incidence of pressure ulcers.

Standardized Processes Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Protocols, Significantly Reducing Common Surgery-Related Complications 02/20/08

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.

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