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Intensivists Make Placement Decisions and Manage Critically Ill Patients Throughout Hospital, Leading to Lower Mortality and Better Management of Intensive Care Unit Capacity 06/18/11

Working as part of an “intensive care unit without walls,” critical care physicians (called intensivists) decide which patients require intensive care unit admission and oversee the care of all critically ill patients throughout the hospital, leading to declines in hospital and intensive care unit mortality, improved management of intensive care unit bed capacity, and low intensive care unit length of stay for terminally ill patients.

Peer-Assisted Crisis Intervention Supports Staff Assaulted by Patients, Reducing Assaults, Victim Symptoms, and Staff Turnover 06/07/11

A voluntary, peer-assisted crisis intervention program supports hospital and community center staff who are victims of patient assault, leading to reductions in trauma symptoms, assaults, staff turnover, and turnover-related costs.

Skin Assessments Conducted as Part of Patient Intake Improve Documentation of Pressure Ulcers on Admission, Reduce Incidence During Stay 05/30/11

Nurses perform a baseline skin assessment on every newly admitted patient, leading to improvements in the identification and documentation of pressure ulcers on admission and to lower incidence of pressure ulcers.

Affordable Housing Community Offers Seniors Onsite Health Care Coordination and Support, Reducing Hospital Admissions and Falls and Improving Resident Health 05/25/11

Onsite care coordination and support of seniors in affordable housing community leads to fewer falls, reduced hospital admissions, improved nutritional status, and increased levels of physical activity, promoting seniors' ability to remain in their homes as they age.

Pediatrician Training and In-Office Support Significantly Reduce Instances of Child Maltreatment 05/11/11

Pediatric practices receive training and in-office support designed to enhance their knowledge and comfort related to screening for risk factors for child abuse and neglect, leading to significantly more screening and significantly less maltreatment.

Hourly Nurse Rounds Help to Reduce Falls, Pressure Ulcers, and Call Light Use, and Contribute to Rise in Patient Satisfaction 05/10/11

Nurses and nursing assistants conduct hourly rounds to assess and address patient needs, contributing to reductions in falls, pressure ulcers, and call light use, and to improvements in patient satisfaction with nursing care.

Skilled Nursing Facility Uses Standardized Assessments, Palliative Care Consults, and Root-Cause Analysis to Reduce Readmissions and Improve Staff Morale 05/09/11

A rehabilitation center's recuperative services unit uses a three-part protocol consisting of standardized assessments, palliative care consults and care plans, and root-cause analysis to reduce readmissions and improve staff morale.

Computerized Alerts Significantly Reduce D-Dimer Testing to Diagnose Blood Clots in Elderly Patients, Increase Use of More Accurate Alternative 05/06/11

Pop-up alerts significantly reduce D-dimer testing to diagnose venous thromboembolism in elderly patients, increasing use of a more accurate alternative imaging test instead.

Algorithm-Based Decision Support System Guides Trauma Staff During Initial Treatment, Leading to Fewer Medical Errors 05/04/11

A computerized decision support system uses algorithms and real-time patient information to guide the resuscitation of trauma patients, leading to fewer medical errors.

Telemedicine Consultations With Emergency Department Physicians Reduce Unnecessary Transfers of Nursing Home Residents in Rural Areas 04/30/11

A collaborative telemedicine program between a hospital and 10 nursing homes in rural communities prevents unnecessary transports of residents to the emergency department.

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