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Voluntary System to Report and Analyze Nursing Errors Leads to Patient Safety Improvements 08/12/08

The Healthcare Alliance Safety Partnership was a 3-year pilot project involving a board of nursing and three hospital systems in developing a voluntary, nonpunitive system for reporting, investigating, and analyzing nursing errors.

Volunteer Provider Network Cares for Uninsured Working Poor, Leading to Lower Utilization and Costs, Better Outcomes, and Positive Return on Investment 08/03/08

A network of physicians, hospitals, medical clinics, and ancillary partners provided free or low-cost health care and care navigation, coordination, and management services to low-income, uninsured, working residents of Dallas County, TX, leading to lower emergency department and hospital utilization, better management of diabetes, significant cost savings, and a positive return on investment.

Comprehensive School-Based Program Increases Positive Health Behaviors and Reduces Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Among Mexican-American and Other At-Risk Youth 05/14/08

The Bienestar Health Program is a comprehensive and culturally competent school-based behavior modification program intended to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among Mexican-American and other at-risk youth.

Comprehensive Program Virtually Eliminates Preventable Birth Trauma 05/09/08

As part of a system-wide effort to transform inpatient care and eliminate preventable injuries and deaths, Seton Healthcare Family developed and implemented a comprehensive set of practices that collectively led to a substantial reduction in the incidence of birth trauma.

Remote Assessment and Treatment via Telemedicine Combined With Onsite Case Management Enhance Access to Mental Health Services for Low-Income and Minority Students 02/25/08

In collaboration with several community partners, the University of Texas Medical Branch provides remote mental health assessment and treatment services via videoconferencing technology and onsite case management to low-income, minority, and other students and parents in seven school-based primary care clinics in the Galveston Independent School District.

Checklists With Medication Vest or Sash Reduce Distractions During Medication Administration 02/05/08

Based on airline safety principles, five simple and inexpensive interventions significantly reduced the number of distractions experienced by nurses during medication administration.

Multipronged Active Surveillance System Eliminates Common Infection for Patients in Transplant Intensive Care Unit 01/10/08

A multipronged active surveillance program for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) significantly reduced VRE transmission rates in a 12-bed transplant intensive care unit.

Bilingual, Culturally Competent Managers Enhance Access to Prenatal Care for Migrant Women, Leading to Potential for Improved Birth Outcomes 12/17/07

The Migrant Clinicians Network Prenatal Care Program seeks to ensure continuity of care for expectant mothers who begin prenatal care in one location and move for employment purposes during their pregnancy. Bilingual, culturally competent staff link migrant patients with prenatal services and manage their medical records throughout the pregnancy.

Multifaceted Program Increases Reporting of Potential Errors, Leads to Action Plans to Enhance Safety 12/13/07

A multifaceted initiative known as the Good Catch Program dramatically increases the reporting of events that could potentially cause harm and spurs the development of action plans designed to address the common causes of potential errors.

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