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 a second means of identifying patients on adult and adolescent psychiatry units virtually eliminates medication errors due to patient misidentification.
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.
New health system–wide infrastructure facilitates better adherence to recommended practices, lower mortality, and the virtual elimination of code blues.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.