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Innovations

Laboratory Redesign Improves Staff Productivity, Leading to Reduction or Maintenance of Turnaround Times at Greater Specimen Volumes and Cost Savings 05/19/09

A hospital laboratory redesigned work processes, leading to faster turnaround times, enhanced staff productivity, and cost savings.

System-Wide Quality Improvement Infrastructure Facilitates Adoption of Best Practices and Leads to Better Outcomes 05/11/09

New health system–wide infrastructure facilitates better adherence to recommended practices, lower mortality, and the virtual elimination of code blues.

Multipronged Strategy Reduces Use of Seclusion and Restraints to Manage Aggression at Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility 02/04/09

An ongoing evaluation suggests that a multipronged strategy to reduce use of seclusion and restraints to manage episodes of aggression in behavioral health patients has reduced seclusion and restraint use, patient and staff injuries, “code green” calls (calls for staff assistance), and workers' compensation claims.

Rehearsing Team Care for Relatively Rare Obstetric Emergencies Leads to Improved Outcomes 01/22/09

Multidisciplinary teams rehearse the most common emergency situations that can occur during a delivery, leading to improved responses and better outcomes during real emergencies.

Virtual Teams That Coordinate Care for Chronically Ill Geriatric Patients Reduce Emergency Department Visits and Improve Medication Compliance, Referral Patterns, and Patient Outcomes 01/22/09

Primary care physicians and offsite clinicians use communications technology to enhance coordination of care for geriatric patients with chronic health problems, leading to fewer emergency department visits, enhanced patient satisfaction and understanding of medications, and more referrals for needed care.

Team-Administered Protocol Encourages Mobility in Respiratory Intensive Care Unit Patients, Leading to Shorter Length of Stay 01/07/09

A hospital protocol that encourages early mobility by respiratory intensive care unit patients reduced length of stay, both in the intensive care unit and overall.

Evidence-Based Bundle Increases Adherence to Recommended Practices, Leading to Fewer Central Line Infections and Lower Costs 12/23/08

Implementation of an evidence-based bundle of interventions led to a 75 percent reduction in central line infections in four intensive care units, yielding annual cost avoidance of approximately $1 million.

Clinical Microsystem Uses Front-Line Teams to Redesign Hospital Processes, Leading to Fewer Delays and Better Patient Service 12/17/08

A hospital uses a clinical microsystem improvement process to quality improvement, leading to significant enhancements in efficiency and reductions in care delays.

Standardized Tools and Protocols Increase Provision of Recommended Care in Key Clinical Areas, Reducing Hospital Mortality 12/15/08

A hospital implemented new processes to increase the provision of recommended care for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and surgery patients, leading to significant improvements in quality and a 25 percent reduction in mortality.

Clinical Microsystem Improvements in Children's Hospital Lead to Fewer Codes and More Timely Delivery of Essential Care 12/02/08

A children's hospital uses a clinical “microsystem” approach to improve patient safety and quality, leading to fewer codes and more timely care.

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