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Adaptation and Expansion of Existing Bundle of Inpatient Interventions Reduces Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia at Long-Term Care Facility 7/30/2014
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility modified and expanded an existing set of known-to-be-effective inpatient interventions for use in the long-term acute care setting, leading to a 58 percent reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Bundle of Interventions Targeting High-Risk Patients Reduces Falls and Fall-Related Injuries on Medical-Surgical Units 7/30/2014
A hospital implemented a bundle of interventions that reduced falls and fall-related injuries on two medical-surgical units.
Collaborative Supports Hospitals in Sharing and Implementing Best Practices, Leading to 33-Percent Decline in Urinary Tract Infections 7/30/2014
A 1-year collaborative program; in which 21 Pennsylvania hospitals set target goals for urinary tract infection prevention, developed strategies to meet these goals, and shared best practices, tools, and resources; led to a 32-percent decline in hospital-acquired urinary tract infections.
Community Liaisons Facilitate Access to Culturally Competent Care for Orthodox Jewish, Chinese, and Arab Patients 7/30/2014
Culturally competent community liaisons help members of the Orthodox Jewish, Arab, and Chinese communities access health care and community-based services, leading to a better patient experience.
Comprehensive Hospital Program Significantly Reduces Clostridium difficile Infections 7/30/2014
Faced with an increase in the number of patients with Clostridium difficile infections, Florida Hospital Tampa implemented a comprehensive program to reduce environmental transmission of the bacterium, leading to a significant reduction in infections.
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Discharge Risk Assessment 7/30/2014
This risk assessment tool helps hospital discharge planners fully understand patient needs, thereby avoiding readmissions.
Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) Toolkit 6/18/2014
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 6/18/2014
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 6/18/2014
The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety.
Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 6/18/2014
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 increasing workplace effectiveness.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.