Adopting "Flow Management" Improves Efficiency, Throughput, and Quality of Care in Hospital Surgery Units
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of "flow management" to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
Daily Multidisciplinary Patient Rounds and Best Practice Bundle Decrease Use of Ventilators in the Intensive Care Unit
The implementation of daily multidisciplinary patient rounds and a bundle of best practice guidelines reduced the use of ventilators for patients in the intensive care unit.
Evidence-Based Bundle for Adults Is Adapted by Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Reducing Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia and Lowering Costs
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a program to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in three intensive care units, including two pediatric intensive care units and one cardiac intensive care unit. The program adapts a bundle of evidence-based interventions commonly used to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia in adults to the pediatric population.
Pediatric Skin Care Program Focuses on Proactively Identifying and Providing Preventive Therapy to At-Risk Intensive Care Unit Patients, Leading to Significant Reductions in Pressure Ulcers
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a comprehensive skin care program to reduce pressure ulcers in its intensive care units, reducing pressure ulcer incidence by 59 percent.
State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
Transitioning Newborns From NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit
This toolkit for hospitals provides information and resources to improve safety when newborns transition home from the neonatal intensive care unit.
Toolkit for the Follow-Up Care of the Premature Infant
This toolkit for health care professionals provides information and resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve their outcomes.
Central Line Procedural Checklist
This tool is used to document activities that are considered standard work before, during, and after a central line procedure.
Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet
The goal of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Daily Goals Worksheet is to reduce ICU length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has developed a suite of tools to help organizations reduce mortality due to sepsis and to guide improvement efforts.