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Comprehensive, Hospital-Based Program Significantly Reduces Pressure Ulcer Incidence and Associated Costs 02/20/08

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL, developed a comprehensive program called “Save Our Skin” that significantly reduced the incidence of pressure ulcers.

Standardized Processes Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Protocols, Significantly Reducing Common Surgery-Related Complications 02/20/08

A hospital standardized and automated evidence-based protocols and processes, leading to a significant reduction in surgical site infections, postoperative myocardial infarction, and postoperative deep vein thrombosis.

Using Positive Deviance Employee-Generated Strategies Reduces MRSA Infections by 50 Percent 02/20/08

The Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System used Positive Deviance to encourage all employees at two facilities to use their own experiences to brainstorm and implement strategies for reducing hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.

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.

Transition Coaches Reduce Readmissions for Medicare Patients With Complex Postdischarge Needs 02/14/08

Transitions coaches encourage recently hospitalized Medicare patients with complex care needs to assert a more active role in their posthospital care, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.

Medical Emergency Team Reduces Cardiopulmonary Arrests, Unexpected Mortality 02/11/08

The creation of a medical emergency team program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital has significantly reduced the number of cardiopulmonary arrests and unexpected mortality.

Medical Team Training Using Crew Resource Management Principles Enhances Provider Communication and Stimulates Improvements in Patient Care 02/11/08

A comprehensive medical team training program supported by crew resource management principles adopted from the aviation industry was developed and implemented in 79 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, resulting in a measurable improvement in communication and patient care in 10 participating facilities that have at least a year's experience with the program.

Daily Multidisciplinary Patient Rounds and Best Practice Bundle Decrease Use of Ventilators in the Intensive Care Unit 02/11/08

The implementation of daily multidisciplinary patient rounds and a bundle of best practice guidelines reduced the use of ventilators for patients in the intensive care unit.

Daily, Multidisciplinary Rounds and Evidence-Based Best Practices Decrease Nosocomial Infections and Costs in the Intensive Care Unit 02/11/08

The combination of multidisciplinary, physician-led rounds and a set of evidence-based best practices (known as “bundles”) decreased nosocomial infection rates and costs in the intensive care unit.

Multidisciplinary Team-Generated Interventions Improve Medication Reconciliation and Patient Safety 02/11/08

Multidisciplinary teams implemented a comprehensive medication reconciliation program for patient admissions, transfers, and discharge to significantly improve the reconciliation process.

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