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.
Decision aids and one-on-one counseling sessions help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients evaluate their treatment options and preferences before the initial surgeon visit, leading to high levels of patient satisfaction and knowledge, less conflict about and greater comfort with decisions made, many changes in treatment preferences, and better patient–surgeon interactions.
A multifaceted program in a rural, community hospital reduced mean decision-to-incision time for emergency cesarean deliveries and increased adherence to guidelines that recommend that such deliveries begin in less than 30 minutes.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center used standardized order forms for diagnostic tests and timely antibiotic administration, reminders on existing admissions/discharge forms for vaccine administration and smoking cessation counseling, and prompt provider feedback to improve adherence to recommended care for patients with community-acquired pneumonia according to The Joint Commission/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Pneumonia Core Measure Set.
A motivational health promotion and physical fitness program for adults with serious mental illnesses produced meaningful improvements in physical fitness and mental well-being.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic assigned health coaches to high-risk chronic disease patients to provide instruction regarding health care needs over the phone, during office visits, and in group classes; the program reduced readmission rates and costs among elderly patients.