Implementation of an evidence-based bundle of interventions led to a 75 percent reduction in central line infections in four intensive care units, yielding annual cost avoidance of approximately $1 million.
A hospital uses a protocol to encourage ambulation in hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, leading to a reduction in readmissions and length of stay.
A children's hospital uses a clinical “microsystem” approach to improve patient safety and quality, leading to fewer codes and more timely care.
A children's hospital works with community-based primary care physicians to increase adherence to established guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
A children's hospital uses a simple scoring system and “action algorithm” to identify and promptly attend to at-risk patients, leading to fewer codes, lower mortality and length of stay, and improved communication and teamwork among staff.
Just Walk!, a free, informal walking program, encourages people to increase their physical activity by attending Saturday morning walks with local physicians and other health care professionals.
Summa Health System's Care Coordination Network strives to ensure smooth transitions between the hospitals and 40 local skilled nursing facilities, leading to fewer readmissions and lower length of stay in the hospital.
St. Rita's Medical Center uses a system based on individualized physician preferences that allows nurses to contact physicians at any time of day by making only one phone call, leading to significant time savings.
The Pathways Model employs community health workers who connect at-risk individuals to evidence-based care through the use of individualized care pathways designed to produce healthy outcomes; implementation of this model in Richland County, OH, resulted in increased services to at-risk women and a decline in the rate of low birth weight babies.
The Summit County Children Who Witness Violence program was a collaborative effort sponsored by Akron Children's Hospital that was designed to decrease the traumatic impact of witnessing violence for children under the age of 18 years through the use of home-based trauma services.