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Patient Advisors Participate in Hospital Councils, Committees, Staff Training, and Other Activities, Contributing to Improved Patient Satisfaction and Better Organizational Performance 03/29/10

Current and former patients participate in hospital and department advisory councils, committees, peer support, staff training and education, and other activities related to patient-centered care, contributing to higher patient satisfaction and improved organizational performance.

Care Managers Enhance Access to Medical Care for Low-Income Individuals With Severe Mental Illness, Leading to Improved Physical and Mental Health 01/05/10

Care managers working with low-income patients with severe mental illness in a community mental health clinic enhanced access to recommended preventive, primary, and specialty medical services, leading to the diagnosis of previously undetected conditions and improved physical and mental health.

Worksite Program Focused on Goal Setting, Additional Support Significantly Increases Level of Physical Activity Among Employees 02/27/09

A worksite intervention consisting of personal and team goal-setting and other employer support significantly increased levels of physical activity.

Intravenous Infusion Safety Initiative Prevents Medication Errors, Leading to Cost Savings and High Nurse Satisfaction 11/06/08

A two-hospital system implemented an intravenous infusion safety initiative that has helped avoid many infusion-related errors, leading to significant cost savings and high levels of nurse satisfaction.

Redesign of Telemetry Unit Admission and Transfer Criteria Leads to Improved Patient Flow and Reduced Emergency Department Waiting Times 08/08/08

Grady Memorial Hospital created the Telemetry Urgent Matters Initiative to improve patient flow by redesigning the telemetry unit discharge criteria to ensure appropriate use of monitored beds.

Multipronged Strategy Leads to a Significant Increase in the Provision of Interpretation Services to Patients With Limited English Proficiency 05/16/08

The Medical Language Interpretive Services program in Grady Health System uses a multipronged approach to increase staffing and the hospital's capacity to provide interpretation services to meet the needs of patients with low English proficiency.

Evidence-Based Bundle for Adults Is Adapted by Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Reducing Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia and Lowering Costs 02/26/08

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a program to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in three intensive care units, including two pediatric intensive care units and one cardiac intensive care unit. The program adapts a bundle of evidence-based interventions commonly used to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia in adults to the pediatric population.

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.

Interdisciplinary Team Identifies and Addresses Risk Factors for Falls Among Nursing Home Residents, Leading to Fewer Falls and Less Use of Restraints 02/18/08

Ethica Health and Retirement Communities developed a falls management program, the cornerstone of which is an interdisciplinary “falls team” at each nursing home that regularly assesses residents for risk of falling and develops intervention plans for those found at high risk.

Airport Clinics Provide Quick Access to Low-Cost, Routine Services for Travelers, Airport/Airline Employees 01/22/08

AeroClinic operated walk-in health care clinics that provided minor ill-care/well-care services for travelers and airport employees as well as occupational health services for airport employers in the Philadelphia and Atlanta airports.

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