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Wireless Messaging System Has No Impact on Blood Glucose Levels, but Patients Believe It Improves Quality of Care 01/17/08

The University of Washington Physician's Network developed a wireless, pager-based messaging system to help diabetic patients better manage their condition. An evaluation of the initiative found that it had no impact on blood glucose levels, although blood pressure improved.

Palliative Care Nurses in Primary Care Clinics Reduce Hospital Admissions, Increase Use of Hospice and Home Care for Patients Nearing End of Life 01/15/08

A partnership between a hospice organization and an 11-location multispecialty group practice places palliative care nurses in primary care clinics to monitor dying patients' medical and social care needs, coordinate community services, and discuss end-of-life issues.

Teamwork Enhancement Program Improves Obstetric Care in a Military Hospital 12/27/07

An evidence-based teamwork and communication program implemented in the labor and delivery unit of Madigan Army Medical Center led to an improved care process.

Patient Safety Alert System That Uses Principles From Auto Manufacturing Increases Reporting and Improves Safety in a Medical Center 12/26/07

Virginia Mason Medical Center instituted a patient safety alert system that requires all staff who encounter a situation likely to harm a patient to make an immediate report and cease any activity that could cause further harm.

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