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Emergency Department Protocol Leads to Faster Identification and Treatment of Pediatric Patients With Sepsis 04/10/11

A “shock” protocol involving computerized flagging of abnormal vital signs and initiation of treatment based on standardized order sets led to faster identification and treatment of children with suspected sepsis in the emergency department.

Medicaid Plan Offers Diabetic Patients Access to Fitness Facilities and Coaching, Leading to Weight Loss and Improvements in Cholesterol and Blood Glucose 03/21/11

Medicaid managed care enrollees with type 2 diabetes receive free access to YMCA facilities and have regular meetings with nurses, dietitians, and personal trainers that focus on diet, exercise, and other aspects of disease self-management, leading to weight loss and improvements in body mass index, cholesterol, and blood glucose control.

Specialists Train and Support Rural and Prison-Based Primary Care Clinicians, Enhancing Access to Hepatitis C Care 03/15/11

University-based specialists provide initial training and host weekly, case-based consultations with primary care clinicians, enhancing access to hepatitis C care for prisoners and rural patients throughout New Mexico.

Multidisciplinary, Clinic-Based Teams Support Obese Children in Changing Behaviors, Leading to Increased Physical Activity, Improved Diet, and Weight Loss 03/09/11

Multidisciplinary, clinic-based teams work with obese children and their families to implement a weight control self-management plan tailored to the child's needs, leading to lower or stabilized body mass index, reductions in screen time and intake of sweetened beverages, and increased physical activity and fruit/vegetable consumption.

Hospital Successfully Links Recently Released, HIV-Positive Prisoners to Medical, Mental Health, and Social Services, Reducing Recidivism 02/17/11

A hospital links HIV-positive prisoners to medical care and other social services before and after release to enable successful reentry into the community, leading to enhanced access to these services and less recidivism.

Culturally Sensitive, Multidisciplinary Assessment, Treatment, and Support Significantly Increase Treatment Rates for Depressed Chinese Americans in Primary Care 02/16/11

A multidisciplinary, primary care center–based team used a culturally sensitive approach to screen, evaluate, and treat depressed Chinese Americans, leading to a sevenfold increase in treatment rates.

Collaborative Medication Reconciliation Significantly Reduces Errors and Readmissions in Patients Discharged to Nursing Homes 02/14/11

A collaborative medication review process involving physicians, nurses, and pharmacists virtually eliminates medication errors and significantly reduces readmissions in patients discharged to a nursing home.

Standardized Processes and Tools Significantly Enhance Provision of Recommended Care to Teens With Asthma 01/24/11

Teen Health Center providers use standardized processes and tools to enhance the provision of recommended care to teens with asthma.

Ongoing Monitoring, Prompt Feedback, and Reminders Improve Hand Hygiene in a Busy, Urban Emergency Department 12/28/10

A multifaceted strategy that includes ongoing auditing of adherence to established protocols and daily performance feedback to staff improved hand hygiene in a busy, urban emergency department.

Regional Teams Enhance Ability of Primary Care Clinicians Throughout Massachusetts to Serve Children and Adolescents With Mental Health Issues 12/16/10

Regional teams of mental health professionals enhance the ability of primary care clinicians throughout Massachusetts to serve children and adolescents with mental health issues.

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