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Care Managers Enhance Access to Medical Care for Low-Income Individuals With Severe Mental Illness, Leading to Improved Physical and Mental Health 01/05/10

Care managers working with low-income patients with severe mental illness in a community mental health clinic enhanced access to recommended preventive, primary, and specialty medical services, leading to the diagnosis of previously undetected conditions and improved physical and mental health.

Nurse-Led, Telephone-Based Collaborative Care Improves Mental and Physical Health of Depressed Patients After Cardiac Bypass Surgery 12/04/09

A nurse-led, telephone-based collaborative care program improves mental and physical health in patients who suffer depression after cardiac bypass surgery and reduces hospital readmissions among men.

Nurse-Led Home Visits, Group Counseling Reduce Risky Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Improve Family/School Connectedness and Grades Among Sexually Exploited Runaway Girls 10/28/09

A nurse-led program that combines home visits and group counseling reduced risky behaviors and sexually transmitted infections while also improving levels of connectedness to family and school and grades among sexually assaulted or exploited runaway girls.

Collaborative Supports Hospitals in Sharing and Implementing Best Practices, Leading to 33-Percent Decline in Urinary Tract Infections 10/27/09

A 1-year collaborative program; in which 21 Pennsylvania hospitals set target goals for urinary tract infection prevention, developed strategies to meet these goals, and shared best practices, tools, and resources; led to a 32-percent decline in hospital-acquired urinary tract infections.

Hospital-Based Heart Failure Nurse Advocate Reduces Readmissions and Hospital Costs 10/08/09

A trained nurse educated other nurses, physicians, and administrators on evidence-based heart failure treatment and provided disease management education and followup support to high-risk patients, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.

Intensive, Nurse-Led Care Management During and After Hospitalization Reduces Readmissions and Costs for High-Risk Seniors 10/05/09

An intensive, nurse-led care management program provided during and after hospitalization reduced readmissions, inpatient days, and care costs for high-risk seniors.

Comprehensive Orthopedic Surgical Program to Improve Patient Experience Increases Satisfaction, Reduces Length of Stay, and Allows More Patients to Be Discharged Directly Home 09/17/09

A comprehensive program to improve patient experience before, during, and after orthopedic surgery leads to improved satisfaction, higher patient volume, and better patient outcomes.

Community Health Center-Jail Partnerships Improve Care During and After Incarceration, Reduce Jail-Based Violence and Deaths and Enhance Access to Community-Based Care 09/08/09

A partnership between local jails and community health providers facilitates the provision of appropriate health care to inmates and ensures continued, coordinated care upon their release, leading to reductions in jail violence and deaths and enhanced access to care.

Nurse-Led, Unit-Based Quality Improvement Increases Amount of Time Spent With Patients, Reduces Falls and Nurse Turnover 09/02/09

Seton Northwest Hospital continuously designs and tests nurse-led quality improvement projects at the patient's bedside, allowing nurses to be more efficient and spend more time with patients, reducing falls and nurse turnover, accelerating patient discharge, and yielding positive feedback from staff and patients.

Primary Care Nurses Systematically Assess Fall Risk, Provide Real-Time, Easy-to-Use Alerts to Physicians to Facilitate Appropriate Interventions for Those at Risk 08/06/09

Primary care clinic nurses routinely assess the risk of falls in each patient, with real-time, easy-to-use clinical reminders sent to physicians for those at risk, thus allowing the initiation of risk-reduction interventions during the visit.

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