Physical environment modification

Innovations

Safe Zone in Doorway Improves Hospital Clinician Productivity and the Frequency and Quality of Interactions With Isolated Patients 11/03/11

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.

In-School, Portable Clinic Brings Comprehensive Dental Care to Impoverished Hispanic Children 10/19/11

A portable clinic uses specially designed equipment to bring full-service dental care to elementary schools serving impoverished, immigrant, and uninsured children.

School System Renovates High School Track and Promotes Its Availability to the Community, Leading to Increased Use by Students and Residents 08/10/11

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.

Daily Nurse Review of Key Health Indicators Reduces Inpatient and Emergency Department Use for Patients on Dialysis 08/04/11

Nurses remotely monitor key indicators of end-stage renal disease patients and intervene as appropriate, leading to less inpatient and emergency department use and higher quality of life.

County, City, and Community Agencies Support Childcare Centers and Parents in Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Habits of Preschoolers 08/02/11

Local government agencies and nonprofit groups improved the nutrition and physical activity practices of childcare centers by refurbishing a local park, training staff on healthy eating and exercise, and planting gardens at each center.

Case Management and Home Assessments Reduce Asthma-Related Admissions, Emergency Visits, and Missed School Days in Diverse Urban Children 05/29/11

Case management combined with in-home environmental assessment and remediation of environmental triggers reduce asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits, missed school days, and missed parent work days in diverse, low-income urban children with asthma.

Comprehensive, Culturally Sensitive Care and Self-Management Support Improves Health-Related Behaviors, Clinical Outcomes, and Emotional Health in Native Americans with Diabetes 05/06/11

The Full Circle Diabetes program provides comprehensive care and self-management support to Native Americans with diabetes, leading to improvements in health-related behaviors, clinical outcomes, and emotional health.

American Indian Nation–Owned Skilled Nursing Facility Provides Culturally Responsive Services, Leading to High Patient Satisfaction and Low Staff Turnover 04/13/11

A Native American tribe–owned skilled nursing facility provides culturally competent services using a holistic approach to health and well-being, leading to high patient and family member satisfaction and low staff turnover.

Health System Improves Access to Culturally Competent Interpreters Through Participation in Telephone and Video Interpretation Network 03/24/11

Contra Costa Health Services provides video and telephonic interpretation services to diverse patient populations at its clinics and regional hospital through participation in a shared network of trained interpreters, leading to improved access to interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency.

Culturally Responsive Maternity Care Clinic Enhances Access to Care for Expectant Refugee Mothers and Their Children 03/17/11

A hospital-based maternal/child health clinic enhances access to comprehensive, culturally competent prenatal and pediatric care for refugee families, leading to less anxiety among expectant mothers and better attendance at scheduled appointments.

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