New Jersey

Innovations

Hospital-Based Heart Failure Nurse Advocate Reduces Readmissions and Hospital Costs 10/08/09

A trained nurse educated other nurses, physicians, and administrators on evidence-based heart failure treatment and provided disease management education and followup support to high-risk patients, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.

Comprehensive Program Including Specialized Inpatient Unit, Standardized Protocols, and Interdisciplinary Team Improves Care Quality for Geriatric Patients 05/18/09

A comprehensive program consisting of standardized protocols, an interdisciplinary team, a specialized inpatient unit, education and training support, and community outreach improves inpatient care for the elderly.

Provider Team Offers Services and Referrals to Frequent Emergency Department Users in Inner City, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Lower Utilization 08/25/08

Teams of providers proactively visit homes, shelters, and the streets to locate frequent emergency department visitors and provide them with preventive care and other social services.

Real-Time Surgery Tracking Leads to Better Operating Room Utilization and Turnover, and Earlier Surgery Starts 07/22/08

Regional Medical Center revised its process for tracking the current status of operating rooms to efficiently update staff and surgeons about surgical procedures that are in progress, thus allowing them to fill available gaps in the schedule and quickly respond to delays in room turnover.

Multifaceted Program Helps Pediatricians Screen for Maternal Depression and Assess Infant Crying and Toilet Training, Enhancing Their Ability To Prevent, Identify, and Address Cases of Potential Child Abuse 02/08/08

A multifaceted program called Practicing Safety helps pediatricians become more effective in screening for potential child abuse and providing support and other services to prevent such abuse.

Multifaceted Hospital Program Implemented Over a Decade Leads to Lower Nurse Turnover and Length of Stay, Improved Patient Outcomes, and Enhanced Revenues 01/09/08

Over a 10-year period, Hackensack University Medical Center designed a set of strategies to improve nurse satisfaction, reduce length of stay, and enhance case management for selected conditions, leading to improvements including reductions in nurse turnover and length of stay.

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