Virginia

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-...

Financial Incentives and Education Do Not Help Patients Better Manage Hypertension or Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Management of the Disease 06/20/13

Using a $258,500 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change program, CIGNA Healthcare offered a small financial incentive and educational...

Videoconferencing Enhances Access to Psychiatric Care for Children and Adults With Mental Illness in Rural Settings 05/29/13

Psychiatric fellows and residents at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville use videoconferencing to serve children and adult patients with mental illness who live in rural...

Primary Care Patients Use Interactive Preventive Health Record Integrated With Electronic Health Record, Leading to Enhanced Provision of Preventive Services 10/12/12

Patients served by 14 medical practices in Virginia use an interactive preventive health record to learn about their preventive health needs and access related educational information and tools....

Clinics and Hospitals Use Trained, Certified Community Members To Screen and Support Primary Care and Postdischarge Patients, Reducing Physician Visits and Costs 07/24/12

Primary care clinics and hospitals are using so-called “Grand-Aides” as part of the health care team; these individuals have had prior training in medical care (e.g., as nursing assistants) and...

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