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.
The combination of clinical alerts and decision support related to abnormal laboratory values had no impact on the clinical management of patients or the frequency of adverse events.
A scoring system assists hospital staff in selecting approaches and, if needed, assistive devices for lifting, moving, and/or repositioning patients, leading to significant reductions in staff injuries and the near elimination of lost and restricted work days caused by these injuries.
A redesigned inpatient care model based on Toyota Production System principles uses daily multidisciplinary clinical team visits, individualized care plans, and facility and staffing changes to reduce costs and average length of stay and improve adherence to recommended care processes, nurse productivity, and patient, staff, and physician satisfaction.
An electronic monitoring system confirms that providers conduct proper hand hygiene before patient contact, leading to a 61-percent decline in overall health care–associated infections and a 91-percent decline in non- Clostridium difficile infections.
Hospital-based social workers support recently discharged older patients and their caregivers in resolving problems related to their transition back home, leading to enhanced patient and caregiver knowledge, better attendance at followup appointments, and fewer readmissions and deaths.
Hospital creates a “safe zone” where staff can interact with patients placed on contact precautions without putting on personal protective equipment, leading to significant time savings, lower costs, more frequent interactions with patients, and high levels of satisfaction.
Hospital-based interdisciplinary teams conduct daily reviews of real-time information on all inpatients ages 65 and older to identify and address risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes; the program reduced use of urinary catheters and increased use of physical therapy and social work evaluations.
Providing new parents and other caregivers with an educational video and booklet improves their ability to understand and cope with infant crying, the most common trigger for shaken baby syndrome.
As part of Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute's video ethnography approach, provider teams interview patients about their care experiences, leading to the development of many quality improvement projects that have resulted in better care processes and outcomes.