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Consortium of Pennsylvania Hospitals Adopts Standardized Wristband Colors, Leading to Reduction of Falls, Allergic Reactions at Rehabilitation Hospital 06/24/08

In 2006, a consortium of 11 hospitals in northeastern Pennsylvania voluntarily agreed to initiate a process to standardize the colors of patient wristbands that identify high-risk clinical situations (e.g., patient allergies). Before the program, Pennsylvania hospitals used many different color schemes, leading to an increased risk of near-misses and medical errors.

Emergency Department Tracks and Streamlines Patient and Staff Flow, Leading to Shorter Treatment Time, Fewer Walkouts, and Higher Patient Satisfaction 06/06/08

Albert Einstein Medical Center uses a patient and workflow management process to improve communication and workflow in the emergency department, leading to shorter length of stay, fewer walkouts and diversions, and higher patient satisfaction.

Common Cause Analysis: A Hospital's Review of Vulnerabilities During Which Common Themes Are Identified, Prioritized, and Addressed 05/08/08

A children's hospital annually reviews all findings from root cause analysis to identify and address common themes and vulnerabilities, leading to a number of institutionwide changes that have improved patient safety and to better communication about safety issues with organizational leaders.

Formalized Communication Between Rural Home Health Agency Nurses and Physicians Leads to Increased Use of Home Health Services, Fewer Inpatient Admissions 04/28/08

A rural home health agency formalized oral and written communication processes with physicians, using specific communication tools to ensure that ongoing patient needs are being met; the program led to an increase in the use of home health services and a concomitant decline in inpatient admissions among home health patients.

Staff Training and Support, Incentives, and Feedback Fails to Generate Sustainable Reductions in Pressure Ulcers at Nursing Home 03/05/08

Guided by a university research team, a 136-bed, not-for-profit nursing home in Pennsylvania implemented a quality improvement program to reduce pressure ulcer incidence. The program included three components: education and tools to increase workers' ability to recognize and prevent pressure ulcers; financial incentives for improved performance; and ongoing performance feedback.

Placing Mental Health Specialists in Primary Care Settings Enhances Patient Engagement, Produces Favorable Results Relative to Evidence-Based Care 02/26/08

An integrated care program places mental and behavioral health specialists in more than 50 primary care locations to treat patients ages 65 years and older with depression or anxiety and those who engage in risky alcohol use.

Rapid HIV Testing Program Enhances Access to HIV Education and Screening for At-Risk African-American and Hispanic Youth 02/25/08

The HIV Testing Program provides sexual health education, counseling, and HIV testing to at-risk youth in easy-to-access locations, along with individual counseling for those who test positive, leading to the successful identification and linking to treatment of HIV-positive individuals.

Pediatric Skin Care Program Focuses on Proactively Identifying and Providing Preventive Therapy to At-Risk Intensive Care Unit Patients, Leading to Significant Reductions in Pressure Ulcers 02/22/08

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a comprehensive skin care program to reduce pressure ulcers in its intensive care units, reducing pressure ulcer incidence by 59 percent.

Technology-Enabled Streamlining of Hospital Registration Process Reduces Check-In Times, Waiting Times, and Costs 02/22/08

Heritage Valley Health System streamlined its patient registration process through use of electronic kiosks that its patients use to register and check in for appointments at outpatient clinics and hospitals.

Gonorrhea Community Action Project Improves Preventive Health Care For Adolescents in Harlem 02/20/08

The Gonorrhea Community Action Project was a national, multisite project to design and implement interventions to increase access to and the quality of health care services in communities with high rates of gonorrhea.

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