A hospital revamped its process for administering intravenous medications to incorporate multiple automated and human safeguards, leading to increased adherence to drug dosing limits and the elimination of many error-prone steps involved in manually programming the intravenous infusion pump.
Care staff use software-based protocols to screen older clients' medications and collaborate with pharmacists and physicians to reduce the risk of medication errors and adverse effects, leading to more appropriate medication use and fewer cases of duplicative medications.
In instances of institutional overcrowding, a protocol allows patients admitted to the hospital but boarded in the emergency department to be transferred to beds located in inpatient unit hallways, leading to expedited patient placement in a room, lower length of stay, and higher patient and staff satisfaction.
Clinic providers compare patients' self-reported medication lists (generated through an easy-to-use automated system featuring a computer kiosk and simple touchscreen interface) to medications listed in the electronic medical record, allowing them to adhere more closely to established medication reconciliation practices and to identify and address more medication discrepancies, including potentially lethal ones.
Nurses and other hospital staff use a radiofrequency identification system to pinpoint the location of needed equipment, leading to enhanced productivity, better equipment maintenance, expedited patient care and discharge, and high levels of nurse satisfaction.
A trained rapid response, crisis prevention team calms agitated patients in inpatient psychiatry units, leading to less use of restraints and seclusion and fewer injuries to staff and patients.
Clinical pharmacists collaborated with physicians to manage patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure by assessing the causes of poor blood pressure control, developing a guideline-based care plan, monitoring the patient's treatment response, and making recommendations for medication additions and adjustments as needed, leading to better blood pressure control and increased physician adherence to established guidelines.
A nurse retention program that incorporates sleep education and other support significantly reduced nurse turnover among first-year nurses.
Monthly patient safety conferences that allow clinicians and all levels of staff to openly discuss adverse events improved staff perceptions of the organization's safety culture and increased the reporting of such events.
A checklist-guided process helps to ensure that surgical teams perform all appropriate care and necessary processes before and after surgery, leading to reductions in surgery-related mortality and complications.