Acute care

Innovations

Committee Reviews and Advises on Cases of Alleged Unprofessional Behavior as Alternative to Formal Investigation, Leading to Improvements in Physician Behavior 12/19/14

Each of the three hospitals within the University of Pennsylvania Health System has a Professionalism Committee that can handle cases of alleged disruptive, unprofessional behavior by a physician...

Cross-Division Surgical Group Conducts Quarterly Review as Supplement to Traditional Department-Specific Morbidity and Mortality Reviews, Leading to Lower Mortality Rates 09/18/14

As an adjunct to traditional division-specific morbidity and mortality reviews, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital created a “surgical quality group” made up of representatives from...

Multifaceted Initiative To Reduce "Alarm Fatigue" on Cardiac Unit Reduces Alarms and Increases Nurse and Patient Satisfaction 04/07/14

Boston Medical Center implemented a series of interventions on its cardiac unit to reduce clinically insignificant alarms and make it easier for nurses to respond to genuinely problematic ones....

Hospital Gain-Sharing Program Offers Incentives to Physicians Based on Their Efficiency, Producing Significant Cost Savings Without Decline in Quality 03/17/14

In a 3-year pilot demonstration program with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 12 New Jersey hospitals known as the New Jersey Care Integration Consortium participated in a...

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...

QualityTools

Safe Surgery 2015 Toolkit 09/18/14

This toolkit is part of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery 2015 Initiative, which is using the Surgical Safety Checklist Program to help hospitals reduce surgical infections, major complications, and related deaths. The goal is to...

Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae 07/14/14

This toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help health care facilities protect patients from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and to prevent transmission of CRE. Expanding on 2009 CDC...

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...

Alarm Safety Resource Site 05/29/14

The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety. The site includes links to guidance articles published by ECRI Institute through ECRI’s various membership groups, articles from...

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 04/24/14

The Roadmap for Hospitals was developed by The Joint Commission to inspire hospitals to integrate concepts from the communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care fields into their organizations. This guide provides...

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