Community Collaborative Improves Accuracy of Medication Lists for Elderly Patients in Outpatient Clinic Setting 01/24/08

Aurora Health Care spearheaded a community-wide medication reconciliation initiative, involving health care consumers, providers, pharmacists, and community stakeholders, to improve the accuracy of elderly patients' medication lists.

Patient- and Family-Activated Response Team Averts Potential Problems and Generates High Levels of Patient, Family, and Staff Satisfaction 01/23/08

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside implemented a Condition Help program that patients or their family members can activate via a telephone call when the patient's condition is deteriorating; the call immediately brings in a rapid response team to assess and manage the situation and provide treatment as needed.

Medical Response Team Saves Lives by Empowering Nurses to Recognize and Act on Early Warning Signs of Trouble 01/23/08

The medical response team at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, responds to early warning signs that patients are in cardiac or respiratory distress and moves quickly to rescue them before medical emergencies develop; the team has reduced cardiac arrests by 26 percent.

Patient Education and Staff Training Significantly Improves Medication Reconciliation in Outpatient Clinics 01/23/08

Mayo Clinic researchers developed a medication reconciliation intervention program for outpatient primary care settings that improved the accuracy of medication lists in the practice's electronic medical records.

Alerts, Standing Orders, and Care Pathways Boost Quality of Care for Pneumonia, Heart Attack, and Heart Failure 01/18/08

Reid Hospital created a computer-based system of alerts, standing orders, and care pathways to eliminate gaps in the care of patients with pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction, and heart failure, and to address surgical complication and infection prevention, leading to significant improvements in quality of care.

Postdischarge Care Management Integrates Medical and Psychosocial Care of Low-Income Elderly Patients 01/16/08

An interdisciplinary care management program that integrates medical and social care for low-income elderly patients with chronic illnesses reduces care costs and improves self-reported health status.

Comprehensive Monitoring Pinpoints 911 Dispatch Inefficiencies, Leading to Communication and Deployment Improvements That Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival 01/15/08

A collaborative effort to develop an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest registry and change 911 call routing and ambulance deployment processes led to a significant improvement in the cardiac arrest survival rate in Atlanta.

Primary Care Practices Improve Patient Satisfaction With Communication of Outpatient Laboratory Test Results 01/15/08

Primary care clinicians were able to expedite communication of outpatient laboratory and imaging test results to patients with the help of an automated test results management system.

Use of Lean Performance Improvement Processes Significantly Improves On-Time Surgical Starts in the Inpatient Setting 01/15/08

Dupont Hospital introduced the principles of the Lean production model to its surgery department, leading to more than a doubling of the percentage of on-time surgery starts, from 27 to 66 percent.

Better Integration of Home Health Aides Into the Health Care Team Improves Patient Functionality 01/11/08

A team-building program at the largest home care agency in the country integrated home health aides into the health care team and resulted in enhanced functional status for patients, including being better able to move independently from a bed to a wheelchair or chair and better able to walk without support.


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