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Innovations

Evidence-Based Bundle Increases Adherence to Recommended Practices, Leading to Fewer Central Line Infections and Lower Costs 12/23/08

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.

Nurse-Administered Pulmonary Protocol Increases Out-of-Bed Activity, Shortens Length of Stay, and Reduces Readmissions 12/11/08

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.

Clinical Microsystem Improvements in Children's Hospital Lead to Fewer Codes and More Timely Delivery of Essential Care 12/02/08

A children's hospital uses a clinical “microsystem” approach to improve patient safety and quality, leading to fewer codes and more timely care.

Implementation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Guidelines With Community-Based Physicians Results in Fewer Hospital Referrals and Improved Outcomes 10/24/08

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.

Simple Scoring System and Action Algorithm Identifies Children at Risk of Deterioration, Leading to Fewer Codes and More Timely Transfer to Intensive Care Unit 09/04/08

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.

Regular Walking Program With Area Physicians Encourages Physical Activity and Weight Loss 08/29/08

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.

Cooperative Network Improves Patient Transitions Between Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, Reducing Readmissions and Length of Hospital Stays 07/04/08

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.

Standardized Contact Process Based on Individual Physician Preferences Saves Nurses Significant Time When Trying to Reach Doctors 03/28/08

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.

Program Uses "Pathways" to Confirm Those At-Risk Connect to Community Based Health and Social Services, Leading to Improved Outcomes 03/24/08

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.

Home-Based Crisis Intervention Reduces Trauma Symptoms and Behavior Problems Among Children Who Witness Violence 02/25/08

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.

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