An algorithm-driven program combines hospital-wide inpatient screening for alcohol withdrawal risk, monitoring of at-risk patients, and medical treatment of symptoms, leading to more patients being diagnosed, fewer acute episodes of delirium, and improved care for patients experiencing such episodes.
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.
Through electronic flagging of infected patients and weekly surveillance rounds, infection control staff increased adherence to contact precautions from 58 to 90 percent.
Working in collaboration with geriatricians, a nurse practitioner comanaged the care of frail, elderly patients with any of five chronic conditions, leading to better adherence to recommended care processes.
Physicians and nurses provide in-home routine medical care and assessments to newly arrived refugees, leading to enhanced access to health care and social services and better continuity of care for those with chronic illnesses.
A hospital emergency department triages moderately acute patients to a “midtrack” area where a nurse practitioner further evaluates them and provides treatment under a physician's supervision, leading to lower length of stay and fewer patient walkouts.
A fall prevention toolkit uses a computerized algorithm to assess the risk of falling, identify patient-specific risk factors, and design individualized interventions to reduce those risks, leading to fewer falls in the inpatient setting.
A dedicated team of nurses and clerks provides followup support for patients discharged from the emergency department, leading to better quality care, high satisfaction among patients and primary care providers, and fewer patient walkouts.
A trained educator used “academic detailing” sessions to teach primary care clinicians about proven strategies for reducing the pain and anxiety associated with childhood immunizations, leading to increased use of these strategies and greater satisfaction among clinicians.
A health system uses formal processes to track patients who meet core measure inclusion criteria, monitor gaps in care, investigate care variances, and share data and best practices, leading to a significant improvement in overall performance on the measures.