Culturally Competent Self-Management Program Increases Confidence and Knowledge for African Americans With or at Risk for Diabetes 10/28/08

The Center for African American Health Focus on Diabetes project offered a culturally competent diabetes self-management course and related services to people with or at risk for diabetes and their caregivers.

Pagers Enable Patients Awaiting Test Results to Leave Pediatric Emergency Department, Improving Patient Flow and Satisfaction 09/17/08

A hospital emergency department distributes pagers to the families of low acuity/medically stable children, allowing them to leave the examination area while waiting for test results and physician recommendations, thus freeing up emergency department beds for other patients.

24-Hour, Bilingual Nurse Line Provides Advice and Interpreter Services for Plan Members, Leading to Wiser Decisions and Cost Savings 08/28/08

Molina Healthcare, a Medicaid managed care organization, instituted a 24-hour bilingual advice line to address the health and language needs of its low-income, Spanish-speaking members; the program helped members make wiser choices, leading to fewer emergency department visits and significant cost savings.

Checklist-Plus-Technology System Eliminates Wrong-Site Surgery and Near-Misses, Enhances Required Preoperative Process Compliance 08/22/08

Barnes-Jewish Hospital adopts an integrated checklist and armband technology system that ensures essential steps are completed during the outpatient preoperative process.

Individualized Stress Management Program Encourages Healthy Behaviors and Coping Techniques 08/19/08

An individualized, self-directed, tailored intervention assisted adults in effectively managing stress in healthy ways, including exercise, socialization, meditation, and/or relaxation.

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.

Hospital Revamps Morbidity and Mortality Conferences to Focus on System-Wide Improvement, Leading to Better Identification and Addressing of Quality Problems 07/30/08

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University transformed its monthly morbidity and mortality conferences from didactic teaching opportunities for residents into interactive, multidisciplinary quality improvement forums.

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.

Real-Time Surgery Tracking Leads to Better Operating Room Utilization and Turnover, and Earlier Surgery Starts 07/22/08

Regional Medical Center revised its process for tracking the current status of operating rooms to efficiently update staff and surgeons about surgical procedures that are in progress, thus allowing them to fill available gaps in the schedule and quickly respond to delays in room turnover.


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