14-Hospital Telepharmacy Program Reduces Order Processing Time, Frees Up Pharmacists for Quality-Enhancing Initiatives, and Saves Money
A telepharmacy program enables offsite pharmacists to review and approve medication orders in 14 hospitals, leading to expanded hours of service, reduced order processing times, enhanced pharmacy services, higher nurse satisfaction, freed up pharmacist time, and more than $1 million in annual cost savings.
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.
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.
Improvement Projects Led by Unit-Based Teams of Nurse, Physician, and Quality Leaders Reduce Infections, Lower Costs, Improve Patient Satisfaction, and Nurse–Physician Communication
Unit-based teams of physicians, nurses, and quality leaders develop and implement unit-specific initiatives designed to improve quality and safety, leading to reductions in infections and pressure ulcers, increased adherence to medication reconciliation standards, more reporting of errors and near-misses, higher patient satisfaction, and better overall nurse/physician communication and teamwork.
Nursing Students Provide Free Doula Care to Underserved Women, Leading to Fewer Preterm Deliveries, Low Birthweight Babies, and Cesarean Sections
Nursing students provide free doula care to underserved women, leading to fewer preterm births, low birthweight babies, and cesarean sections, and generating high levels of patient satisfaction.
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Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) Toolkit
The goal of MARQUIS (Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study) is to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely at times of care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital.
Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care
This toolkit, for hospitals, provides guidance on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program. It focuses specifically on reducing falls that occur during a patient's hospital stay.
Alarm Safety Resource Site
The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety.
Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue
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You Can Prevent PCP (Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia) in Children: A Guide for People With HIV Infection
This guide provides information about the prevention of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in children with HIV infection.