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Daily Bathing With Antiseptic Agent Significantly Reduces Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Intensive Care Unit Patients 12/18/13

Nurses and nurse aids in intensive care units bathe patients each day using washcloths impregnated with an antiseptic agent (chlorhexidine gluconate). This practice significantly reduced hospital-...

Performance Feedback, Ultraviolet Cleaning Device, and Dedicated Housekeeping Team Significantly Improve Room Cleaning, Reduce Potential for Spread of Common, Dangerous Infection 06/24/13

The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center tested a multicomponent strategy to improve room cleaning processes, with the aim of reducing the spread of Clostridium difficile...

Emergency Departments Identify and Support Veterans at Risk of Suicide, Enhancing Their Access to Outpatient Mental Health Services 06/18/13

Through the Suicide Assessment and Follow-Up Engagement: Veteran Emergency Treatment (more commonly referred to as SAFE VET) initiative, emergency departments at Veterans Affairs hospitals...

Nurse Case Managers Offer Low-Resource Transitional Care Services, Reducing Readmissions for At-Risk, Community-Dwelling Veterans in Remote Areas 01/25/13

Nurse case managers at a Veterans Affairs hospital use defined protocols to provide inhospital counseling and advocacy and post-discharge, telephone-based support to at-risk, community-dwelling...

Financial Incentives Do Not Improve Glucose Control in African-American Veterans With Diabetes 06/08/12

At the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, African-American veterans with uncontrolled diabetes earned payments for reducing their glucose levels over a 6-month period. Rewards ranged...

QualityTools

Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit 03/26/13

Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) is a low-resource, telephone-based, protocol-driven program designed to reduce 30-day rehospitalizations and to improve care transitions during the early posthospital period. The goal of this toolkit is to...

Interior Design Manual: For New Construction and Renovations of Hospitals and Clinics 01/03/13

The purpose of the Interior Design Manual is to aid in the translation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Master Specifications into patient-centered design solutions. Design solutions should improve the quality of life and productivity...

Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit 10/16/12

This toolkit was developed to help increase partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and rural communities and assist them with outreach efforts in providing rural veterans with information and referral about VA benefits,...

Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the...

Heart Failure Toolkit for Providers 11/15/11

This toolkit offers a comprehensive set of resources to assist providers in managing heart failure (HF). It focuses on several key areas in the management of HF with downloadable documents. The tools are organized by their source: Veterans...

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