Hospital medicine

Innovations

Primary Care Physician Communication With Patients at or Soon After Discharge Significantly Reduces Medication Discrepancies 03/17/14

Hospitalists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital contact the primary care physicians of patients with complex medication regimens who are about to be discharged from the hospital to their homes to...

Patient Notepad Improves Communication With Physicians, Including Likelihood of Having Questions Answered 01/28/14

Select inpatient units and outpatient clinics at the University of Michigan Health System provide patients with a notepad that includes sample questions and informational prompts intended to...

Intensivists Make Placement Decisions and Manage Critically Ill Patients Throughout Hospital, Leading to Lower Mortality and Better Management of Intensive Care Unit Capacity 06/18/11

As part of Montefiore Medical Center's “intensive care unit without walls,” critical care physicians (called intensivists) determine where critically ill patients can be most appropriately treated...

Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Health Care-Associated Infections 04/28/11

At the University of Maryland Medical Center, three physician–nurse infection prevention teams round on hospital units at least weekly. Assigned to designated units to allow for development of...

Electronic System for Tracking Test Results Pending at Hospital Discharge Draws Little Use or Enthusiasm From Hospitalists 03/11/11

To track pending test results of recently discharged patients, hospitalists at Partners Healthcare System used an electronic application originally developed for the outpatient setting....

QualityTools

Ideal Discharge for the Heart Failure Patient: A Hospitalist Checklist 03/19/08

Ideal Discharge for the Heart Failure Patient: A Hospitalist Checklist details what information should be included in the patient's discharge summary, patient discharge instructions, and the communication with the patient's followup physician on...

Hospital Performance Report 2006: 31 Common Medical Procedures and Treatments 12/17/07

This report provides data on inpatient hospital discharges for all Pennsylvania general and most specialty acute care hospitals, regardless of bed size. The information is hospital-specific and is presented in three regional versions (Western,...

The Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey Results 12/17/07

Each year, Leapfrog gathers and reports information on hospital quality and patient safety efforts to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive hospital care. This tool provides a search function that patients can use to obtain...

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