Intensive care

Innovations

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-...

State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Alleviate Workloads, Leading to Lower Patient Mortality and Higher Nurse Satisfaction 08/31/12

As mandated by State law, the California Department of Health Services requires acute care hospitals to maintain minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Required ratios vary by unit, ranging...

State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections 07/23/12

The New York legislature passed a law in 2005 requiring hospitals in New York to track and regularly report infection rates for select types of hospital-acquired infections to the State Department...

Multihospital System Uses Proactive Screening, Algorithms, and Tools To Improve Sepsis Care, Leading to More Appropriate Care and Better Outcomes 05/29/12

Kaiser Permanente–Northern California has a comprehensive program used by the region's 21 medical centers to reduce mortality from sepsis by focusing on early diagnosis and timely initiation of...

Protocols, Task Specialization, and Case Reviews Virtually Eliminate Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 07/09/11

The newborn intensive care unit at The Children's Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center modified and adopted comprehensive protocols and practices and instituted task specialization and...

QualityTools

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 06/05/14

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and...

Toolkit for the Follow-Up Care of the Premature Infant 03/12/14

This toolkit for health care professionals provides information and resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve their outcomes. It is designed to aid communication between members of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (...

Transitioning Newborns From NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit 01/24/14

This toolkit for hospitals provides information and resources to improve safety when newborns transition home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Through a Health Coach Program, the toolkit offers coaches, parents, and families...

Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 11/05/13

The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce...

Surviving Sepsis Campaign 09/26/13

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has developed a suite of tools to help hospitals reduce mortality due to sepsis and to guide efforts to improve sepsis-related performance. In addition, other organizations have developed tools in the course of their...

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