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Round-the-Clock Intensivists Eliminate Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Central Line Infections, and Pressure Ulcers in Intensive Care Unit 08/04/09

Intensivists guide care around the clock in two medical–surgical intensive care units, leading to lower length of stay and the near elimination of ventilator-associated pneumonia, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, and central line infections.

Use of Photographs as Second Means of Identifying Patients on Psychiatry Units Virtually Eliminates Medication Errors Related to Misidentification 08/04/09

Use of photographs as a second means of identifying patients on adult and adolescent psychiatry units virtually eliminates medication errors due to patient misidentification.

Nursing Homes Create Home-Like, Resident-Focused Environment and Culture, Leading to Better Quality and Financial Performance, Higher Resident Satisfaction, and Lower Staff Turnover 07/29/09

Seven nursing homes adopted strategies to create a more homelike, resident-focused environment and culture, leading to better quality, higher resident satisfaction, lower staff turnover, and better financial performance.

System-Wide Quality Improvement Infrastructure Facilitates Adoption of Best Practices and Leads to Better Outcomes 05/11/09

New health system–wide infrastructure facilitates better adherence to recommended practices, lower mortality, and the virtual elimination of code blues.

Care Process Algorithms Improve Continuation of Beta Blockers During Perioperative Period 04/09/09

Clinicians follow algorithms that lay out a standardized process for ensuring that surgical inpatients and outpatients receive beta blockers as appropriate, leading to near universal compliance with recommended therapy.

School Nurses Provide Daily Testing, As-Needed Administration of Insulin, Leading to Better Glycemic Control in Low-Income Students With Diabetes 12/16/08

A diabetes care center works in partnership with middle and high school nurses to proactively monitor glycemic levels and administer doses of long-acting insulin as needed, leading to a substantial reduction in hemoglobin A1c levels in students with poorly controlled type I diabetes.

Coaching Supports Care Process Change, Improving Sepsis, Nurse Turnover, and Fall Rates 12/09/08

Hospital-based coaches assist nurses in developing process improvement projects to enhance geriatric care, leading to low fall rates and a decline in sepsis mortality and contributing to a reduction in nurse turnover.

Community Partnerships Target High-Risk Populations, Leading to More Effective, Lower-Cost Hepatitis Screening 11/20/08

The St. Luke's Texas Liver Coalition revamped its strategic approach to screening for hepatitis C, shifting away from screening the general population at health fairs to forming partnerships with various community-based organizations that work with high-risk populations.

Clinical Pharmacists Provide Outpatient Medication Management to Patients With Severe Diabetes and Those on Anticoagulants, Leading to Improved Outcomes and Lower Costs 10/23/08

Clinical pharmacists working in 13 community health centers provide medication reconciliation, monitoring, dosage adjustments, and education to high-risk patients, including those with severe diabetes and those on anticoagulants.

Hospital Collaborative-Inspired Improvements in Donation and Procurement Processes Lead to Increase in Organ Donors 09/05/08

As part of a collaborative with other hospitals, a health system developed multiple strategies to improve the organ donation request and procurement process, leading to a high conversion rate (the percentage of potential donors who become actual donors); collaborative participants as a group experienced a marked rise in conversion rates and donors.

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