A comprehensive set of protocols and practices virtually eliminates catheter-related bloodstream infections in the neonatal intensive care unit, generating estimated annual savings of $750,000 to $1,000,000.
Every other week, family caregivers participated in interdisciplinary patient care planning meetings with hospice staff via videophone. The pilot program did not result in any statistically significant changes in caregivers' overall perceptions of pain medication or management, and did not determine impact on their pain management practices.
A voluntary, peer-assisted crisis intervention program supports hospital and community center staff who are victims of patient assault, leading to reductions in trauma symptoms, assaults, staff turnover, and turnover-related costs.
Nurses perform a baseline skin assessment on every newly admitted patient, leading to improvements in the identification and documentation of pressure ulcers on admission and to lower incidence of pressure ulcers.
Onsite care coordination and support of seniors in affordable housing community leads to fewer falls, reduced hospital admissions, improved nutritional status, and increased levels of physical activity, promoting seniors' ability to remain in their homes as they age.
A neonatal palliative care program supports and arranges needed services for families who experience the loss of a baby, generating very positive anecdotal feedback from those served.
A rehabilitation center's recuperative services unit uses a three-part protocol consisting of standardized assessments, palliative care consults and care plans, and root-cause analysis to reduce readmissions and improve staff morale.
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.
A computerized decision support system uses algorithms and real-time patient information to guide the resuscitation of trauma patients, leading to fewer medical errors.
Physician–nurse infection prevention teams round on hospital units at least weekly, leading to a 70-percent decline in central line–associated infections and very low rates of surgical site infections.