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Medical Emergency Team Reduces Cardiopulmonary Arrests, Unexpected Mortality 02/11/08

The creation of a medical emergency team program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital has significantly reduced the number of cardiopulmonary arrests and unexpected mortality.

Daily Multidisciplinary Patient Rounds and Best Practice Bundle Decrease Use of Ventilators in the Intensive Care Unit 02/11/08

The implementation of daily multidisciplinary patient rounds and a bundle of best practice guidelines reduced the use of ventilators for patients in the intensive care unit.

Daily, Multidisciplinary Rounds and Evidence-Based Best Practices Decrease Nosocomial Infections and Costs in the Intensive Care Unit 02/11/08

The combination of multidisciplinary, physician-led rounds and a set of evidence-based best practices (known as “bundles”) decreased nosocomial infection rates and costs in the intensive care unit.

Nurse- and Pharmacist-Led Physician-Approved Inpatient Pneumococcus Standing Orders Program Increases Vaccination Rates for At-Risk Patients 02/11/08

Three hospitals within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System developed and implemented a standing orders program to provide pneumococcal vaccinations to appropriate patients in the hospital.

Educational Game Increases Compliance With Appropriate Hand Hygiene Protocols Among Intensive Care Unit Staff at Academic Medical Center 02/11/08

A game to educate health care workers in intensive care units about appropriate hand hygiene increased awareness of and adherence to hand hygiene protocols at a major academic medical center, leading to increased compliance with appropriate hand hygiene protocols from 37 to 53 percent.

Statewide Collaborative Supports Hospital-Based Teams in Developing Improvement Plans for Stroke Care, Resulting in Improved Performance on Select Measures 02/11/08

As part of a statewide collaborative, hospital-based multidisciplinary teams developed and implemented projects aimed at improving adherence to a set of standardized, evidence-based protocols for the management of acute stroke.

Comprehensive Initiative to Create a Culture of Safety Significantly Reduces Harm Caused by Medical Errors, Mortality, Length of Stay, and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and Infections 02/11/08

Sentara Healthcare launched a program designed to create a strong culture of safety. The initiative includes an assessment of the existing safety culture, establishment of goals related to improved safety, the development of specific strategies to identify and correct safety problems, and the use of ongoing processes and systems to monitor progress and encourage continued improvement.

Comprehensive, Multifaceted Program Doubles Staff and Physician Adherence to Hand Hygiene Protocols Over 4-Year Period 02/11/08

A multipronged strategy involving ties between hand hygiene performance and compensation systems, adoption and constant reinforcement of clear hand hygiene protocols, a comprehensive auditing program to review hand hygiene adherence, and other program elements improved adherence to appropriate hand hygiene protocols.

Multifaceted Program Helps Pediatricians Screen for Maternal Depression and Assess Infant Crying and Toilet Training, Enhancing Their Ability To Prevent, Identify, and Address Cases of Potential Child Abuse 02/08/08

A multifaceted program called Practicing Safety helps pediatricians become more effective in screening for potential child abuse and providing support and other services to prevent such abuse.

Centralized Orthopedic Center and Streamlined Referral and Triage Processes Enhance Access to Appropriate Treatment 02/07/08

Thedacare, a four-hospital system, has redesigned its musculoskeletal care process to make it more efficient and effective for patients and providers. Improvements include a centralized orthopedics center that houses physicians (orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, and rehabilitation specialists), therapists, and supplies; changed the traditional process of most patients with musculoskeletal injuries seeing an orthopedic surgeon first; and the creation of referral protocols and a triage system designed to get patients the level of care they need quickly.

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