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Family-Oriented Program Combines Medical Care and Behavioral Counseling, Leading to Health Improvements in Obese Children and Adolescents 10/17/08

Through a 1-year program combining medical care with behavioral counseling and practical strategies, a multidisciplinary team of professionals meets with families on an ongoing basis to emphasize good health habits and address a spectrum of lifestyle issues related to pediatric obesity and its complications.

Hospital System-Based Changes Enhance Throughput and Meet Increased Demand Without Adding New Facilities 09/19/08

The Lehigh Valley Health Network made systems-based changes to a variety of key processes related to patient throughput, allowing the network to meet increased demand for its services.

Simple Scoring System and Action Algorithm Identifies Children at Risk of Deterioration, Leading to Fewer Codes and More Timely Transfer to Intensive Care Unit 09/04/08

A children's hospital uses a simple scoring system and “action algorithm” to identify and promptly attend to at-risk patients, leading to fewer codes, lower mortality and length of stay, and improved communication and teamwork among staff.

Streamlined Evaluation, Transfer, and Admission Processes Significantly Reduce Waiting Times for Emergency Department Patients Awaiting Admission to Psychiatric Facility 09/04/08

A multidisciplinary team from a medical center and its affiliated psychiatric hospital streamlined the evaluation, transfer, and admission processes for psychiatric patients presenting to the emergency department, leading to a significant decline in waiting times before transfer to the psychiatric facility.

Asthma "Lounge" Within Emergency Department Reduces Waiting Times, Return Visits, and Hospitalizations 08/27/08

A hospital set up an “asthma lounge” within its emergency department that enables staff to provide quicker treatment and education to patients having asthma attacks.

Sepsis Alert Program Leads to More Timely Diagnosis and Treatment, Reducing Morbidity, Mortality, and Length of Stay 08/25/08

The Sepsis Alert Program at Christiana Care is a care management program that incorporates a number of initiatives to support the prompt identification and treatment of patients who have sepsis.

Mobile Clinics Increase Access to Screening Services in Rural and Frontier Communities 08/21/08

The Improving Health Among Rural Montanans project trains pharmacists and students from various disciplines to administer screening tests and then transports screening equipment to rural and frontier areas so that these professionals can run screening clinics for area residents.

Comprehensive Vaccine Program More Than Triples Immunization Rates for Children 08/20/08

A comprehensive vaccine program more than tripled childhood immunization rates through provider training, immunization tracking, reminders for physicians and parents when immunizations are not up-to-date, and nurse-run immunization clinics.

Enhanced Home Health Program Provides Remote Monitoring and Services, Leading to Fewer Hospitalizations and Increased Nurse Productivity 08/16/08

A home health program enhances services to congestive heart failure and other chronically ill patients by supplementing at-home visits with ongoing remote monitoring and services.

Redesign of Telemetry Unit Admission and Transfer Criteria Leads to Improved Patient Flow and Reduced Emergency Department Waiting Times 08/08/08

Grady Memorial Hospital created the Telemetry Urgent Matters Initiative to improve patient flow by redesigning the telemetry unit discharge criteria to ensure appropriate use of monitored beds.

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