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Algorithm Enhances Provision of Preventive Treatment to At-Risk Inpatients, Reducing Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism 4/23/2014
Providers use a computerized algorithm to classify inpatients as low, moderate, or high risk, and then prescribe anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication and/or mechanical devices as appropriate, leading to reduced incidence of venous thromboembolism.
Bundle of Interventions Targeting High-Risk Patients Reduces Falls and Fall-Related Injuries on Medical-Surgical Units 4/23/2014
A hospital implemented a bundle of interventions that reduced falls and fall-related injuries on two medical-surgical units.
Comprehensive, Multifaceted Program Doubles Staff and Physician Adherence to Hand Hygiene Protocols Over 4-Year Period 4/23/2014
A multipronged strategy involving ties between hand hygiene performance and compensation systems, adoption and constant reinforcement of clear hand hygiene protocols, a comprehensive auditing program to review hand hygiene adherence, and other program elements improved adherence to appropriate hand hygiene protocols.
Day Hospital Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay and Emergency Department Visits for Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia 4/23/2014
A Sickle Cell Day Hospital provides an alternative to inpatient care for patients with sickle cell anemia, with the goal of managing their pain and keeping them out of the hospital, resulting in lower inpatient lengths of stay and emergency department utilization.
Archived Discharge Education Program Increases Patient Understanding of Treatment and Followup Care 4/23/2014
The Patient Safe-D(ischarge) program uses standardized tools to educate patients about their discharge needs, assess their understanding of those needs, and improve medication reconciliation at admission and discharge.
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Hospital Compare 4/9/2014
This tool provides patients with information on how well the hospitals in their area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or surgical infection prevention.
Worker Safety in Hospitals 4/9/2014
This suite of resources for hospitals provides health care workers and administrators ways to assess and understand workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their patient-handling programs to improve worker safety.
Central Line Procedural Checklist 3/12/2014
This tool is used to document activities that are considered standard work before, during, and after a central line procedure.
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) MDRD Calculator for Adults 3/12/2014
Providers can use this calculator to estimate kidney function in adults by measuring the glomerular filtration rate.
Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) 3/12/2014
The Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) is a tool for nurses to help monitor their patients and improve how quickly a patient experiencing a sudden decline receives clinical care.

Last updated: April 23, 2014.