Physical environment modification

Innovations

Annual Drive-Through Clinic Enhances Access to Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations for Seniors 12/03/08

Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida enhances access to influenza and pneumococcal vaccines by sponsoring a “drive-through” program each fall for seniors.

Co-Locating Gynecologic Services Within an HIV Clinic Increases Cervical Cancer Screening Rates, Leading to Identification and Treatment of Many Cancer Cases 11/19/08

By “nesting” a weekly gynecologic clinic into their HIV program, Christiana Care reduces barriers to screening and preventive care for female patients.

Patient-Centered Hospital Redesign Leads to Low Infection Rates, Higher Patient Satisfaction, More Admissions, and Other Benefits 09/12/08

Griffin Hospital redesigned its facilities to incorporate design factors that create a homelike environment for patients, resulting in higher patient satisfaction, increased admissions, positive financial outcomes, and other benefits.

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.

Cardiac Unit Features Acuity-Adjustable Rooms and Other Patient-Centered Programs, Leading to Well-Above Average Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction 09/02/08

A cardiothoracic care unit uses a multifaceted approach to patient- and family-centered care, leading to a well-above-average performance with respect to patient outcomes and satisfaction.

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.

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.

Enhanced Toileting Program Reduces Incontinence and Its Comorbidities Among Residents of Long-Term Care Facility 08/12/08

A long-term care facility adopted an enhanced toileting program consisting of the following components: individualized toileting plan of care based on periodic resident assessments, revised and new care documentation tools, devices to assist with toileting, and comprehensive education and training for facility staff.

Noise Alert System Helps Staff and Visitors to Reduce Decibel Levels in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 08/12/08

A sound monitoring and alert system in a neonatal intensive care unit alerts clinicians and visitors when sound levels are too high.

Realistic Simulations Improve Teamwork and Care Processes in the Operating Room 07/24/08

Practicing simulated surgical situations in real hospital operating rooms leads to better teamwork and improved care processes during everyday practice.

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