An electronic monitoring system confirms that providers conduct proper hand hygiene before patient contact, leading to a 61-percent decline in overall health care–associated infections and a 91-percent decline in non- Clostridium difficile infections.
Hospital-based social workers support recently discharged older patients and their caregivers in resolving problems related to their transition back home, leading to enhanced patient and caregiver knowledge, better attendance at followup appointments, and fewer readmissions and deaths.
Hospital creates a “safe zone” where staff can interact with patients placed on contact precautions without putting on personal protective equipment, leading to significant time savings, lower costs, more frequent interactions with patients, and high levels of satisfaction.
Hospital-based interdisciplinary teams conduct daily reviews of real-time information on all inpatients ages 65 and older to identify and address risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes; the program reduced use of urinary catheters and increased use of physical therapy and social work evaluations.
A public school system renovated the athletic track at the system's only high school and promoted it as an attractive place to exercise, leading to increased use of the track by students, individual residents, and community groups, and to anecdotal reports of weight loss and improved cardiovascular health.
Providing new parents and other caregivers with an educational video and booklet improves their ability to understand and cope with infant crying, the most common trigger for shaken baby syndrome.
As part of Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute's video ethnography approach, provider teams interview patients about their care experiences, leading to the development of many quality improvement projects that have resulted in better care processes and outcomes.
Individual and group support enhances the skills and knowledge of those caring for patients with dementia, leading to less caregiver burden and depression and fewer problem behaviors among patients.
A comprehensive set of protocols and practices virtually eliminates catheter-related bloodstream infections in the neonatal intensive care unit, generating estimated annual savings of $750,000 to $1,000,000.
Rheumatology clinics used information technology and redesigned associated care process to allow clinicians to access relevant patient information and focus scarce visit time on solving problems, leading to improvements in the provision of needed services and patient-reported symptoms.