Care staff use software-based protocols to screen older clients' medications and collaborate with pharmacists and physicians to reduce the risk of medication errors and adverse effects, leading to more appropriate medication use and fewer cases of duplicative medications.
Clinic providers compare patients' self-reported medication lists (generated through an easy-to-use automated system featuring a computer kiosk and simple touchscreen interface) to medications listed in the electronic medical record, allowing them to adhere more closely to established medication reconciliation practices and to identify and address more medication discrepancies, including potentially lethal ones.
Clinical pharmacists collaborated with physicians to manage patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure by assessing the causes of poor blood pressure control, developing a guideline-based care plan, monitoring the patient's treatment response, and making recommendations for medication additions and adjustments as needed, leading to better blood pressure control and increased physician adherence to established guidelines.
A nurse retention program that incorporates sleep education and other support significantly reduced nurse turnover among first-year nurses.
Monthly patient safety conferences that allow clinicians and all levels of staff to openly discuss adverse events improved staff perceptions of the organization's safety culture and increased the reporting of such events.
Regular reminders via text message enhance adherence to medication regimens and reduce risk of organ rejection in pediatric liver transplant patients.
Real-time, resident-specific medication information and alerts, with support from a medication safety team, enhanced the efficiency of medication administration and reduce medication errors.
Use of photographs as a second means of identifying patients on adult and adolescent psychiatry units virtually eliminates medication errors due to patient misidentification.
A nurse practitioner–led service to bridge the gap in care for recently discharged patients awaiting a followup appointment did not reduce the rate of unplanned readmissions.
A two-hospital system implemented an intravenous infusion safety initiative that has helped avoid many infusion-related errors, leading to significant cost savings and high levels of nurse satisfaction.