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Comprehensive Program That Includes Standardized Protocols and Pain Management Team Significantly Reduces Narcotic Oversedation in Hospital Setting 01/25/08

A comprehensive hospital program that includes standardized protocols and various support systems to encourage adherence to these protocols led to an 81-percent decline in serious narcotic oversedations.

Patient- and Family-Centered Care Initiative Is Associated With High Patient Satisfaction and Positive Outcomes for Total Joint Replacement Patients 01/24/08

Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center implemented the Patient and Family Centered Care Methodology and Practice, a low-technology, systems-based approach to inpatient care that focuses on providing care from the patient's and family's perspective; the program is associated with high rates of patient satisfaction, functional status, and adherence to evidence-based care protocols, along with low infection rates and length of stay.

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.

Periodic, Nurse-Initiated Telephone Contact Provides Quality Followup Care to Infants With Lung Disease in Rural Areas 01/22/08

A nurse specialist maintains regular telephone contact with the primary caregivers and health care providers of premature infants with chronic lung disease who are discharged from the hospital.

Comprehensive Emergency Department and Inpatient Changes Improve Emergency Department Patient Satisfaction, Reduce Bottlenecks That Delay Admissions 01/22/08

To improve emergency department patient satisfaction and throughput, St. Francis Medical Center in Los Angeles implemented a comprehensive bundle of interrelated strategies.

Onsite Nurses Manage Care Across Settings to Increase Satisfaction and Reduce Cost for Chronically Ill Seniors 01/21/08

Specially trained nurses work with primary care physicians in their offices to improve the quality and efficiency of care for seniors with multiple chronic illnesses by coordinating care, facilitating transitions in care, and acting as the patient's advocate across health care and social settings.

Health Coach Program in a Medical Group Improves Self-Care and Decreases Readmissions for High-Risk, Chronically Ill Patients 01/17/08

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic assigned health coaches to high-risk chronic disease patients to provide instruction regarding health care needs over the phone, during office visits, and in group classes; the program reduced readmission rates and costs among elderly patients.

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.

Palliative Care Nurses in Primary Care Clinics Reduce Hospital Admissions, Increase Use of Hospice and Home Care for Patients Nearing End of Life 01/15/08

A partnership between a hospice organization and an 11-location multispecialty group practice places palliative care nurses in primary care clinics to monitor dying patients' medical and social care needs, coordinate community services, and discuss end-of-life issues.

Periodic Home Visits, Specialist Visits, and Followup Enhances Access and Improves Outcomes for Low-Income Children With Asthma 01/15/08

A pediatric asthma management program led to a significant decline in the percentage of patients with moderate to severe asthma, improved quality of life, and sizable decreases in hospitalizations and costs.

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