A six-step process related to nurse shift changes is designed to enhance patient safety by conveying vital patient information accurately, concisely, and consistently, leading to improved nurse and patient satisfaction and more nurse time spent at the bedside.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency implemented a Mobile Remote Workforce project to increase the amount of time field nurses in the agency's public health nurse home visitation program can spend providing direct services to at-risk families.
A presurgical safety briefing held by the operating room team before every procedure has virtually eliminated wrong-site surgeries, enhanced operating room staff satisfaction and perceptions of safety, and reduced nurse turnover.
A county health department implemented disease management programs for uninsured and underinsured, low-income diabetes, asthma, and heart failure patients, leading to improved outcomes.
To improve emergency department patient satisfaction and throughput, St. Francis Medical Center in Los Angeles implemented a comprehensive bundle of interrelated strategies.
La Cheim Behavioral Health Services began offering a series of posthospitalization meetings and support services for “alumni” who had achieved their therapeutic goals in partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient therapy.
A nurse-led program did not improve adherence to antiretroviral medications for patients with human immunodeficiency virus who are either homeless or live in marginal housing.
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian established a comprehensive end-of-life program that includes pain control and emotional support for patients unlikely to survive the next few days; a multidisciplinary palliative care that assists physicians who are treating dying patients; compassionate care for parents who lose children before or after birth; and support for hospital staff who work with dying patients.
Emergency management services workers who use an established tool to measure a child's weight administer more accurate doses of emergency medications to pediatric patients.
A computer-assisted patient assessment system allows patients who have severe mental illness to document important clinical information before their scheduled appointment with a clinician. A printout of answers to the assessment system is given to the clinician to use during the session.