A multifaceted program featuring education and feedback, ultraviolet room disinfection devices, and a dedicated housekeeping team significantly improved the thoroughness of room cleanings and reduced the percentage of rooms housing patients with Clostridium difficile infections that tested positive for the pathogen at patient discharge.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and four of its state chapters trained and supported pediatric practices on asthma care, leading to better adherence to established guidelines and improved asthma control.
Health system–sponsored classes for elementary school children and their parents use interactive games and easy-to-understand, positive messages to enhance knowledge about healthy behaviors related to diet and physical activity.
Teen Health Center providers use standardized processes and tools to enhance the provision of recommended care to teens with asthma.
Immediate team debriefings after a cardiopulmonary resuscitation code event improve multiple aspects of the team's response to future codes and generate high levels of staff satisfaction.
Behavioral health clinicians led weekly sessions for parents and children that combined nutrition education with the teaching of practical strategies for managing the eating-related behaviors of children with cystic fibrosis, resulting in increases in caloric intake and weight in these children.
Behavioral health clinicians lead a 24-week program consisting of alternating group sessions and in-home consultations with obese preschoolers and their overweight parent(s), leading to improved dietary habits, less weight gain, and lower body mass index among preschoolers and to greater weight loss and lower body mass index among parents.
Nurses at Aultman Hospital assess patients preoperatively for risk of pressure ulcers, carefully monitor and address risk factors during surgery, and complete a communication tool to inform postoperative surgical care; the program led to the elimination of Stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers hospital-wide and very low incidence of Stage 1 and 2 pressure ulcers in surgical patients.
A system-wide strategy to set and enforce standards of professional conduct led to improvements in staff perceptions of the patient safety culture within system hospitals and to anecdotal reports of more professional conduct, including fewer instances of disruptive behavior.
A simple scoring system allows nurses to quickly recognize patients likely to deteriorate and mobilize resources to assist them, leading to an increase in calls to the hospital rapid response team and a reduction in “code blue” (cardiopulmonary) emergencies.