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Archived Acuity-Adaptable Inpatient Rooms Eliminate Most Patient Transfers, Leading to Enhanced Safety, Satisfaction, and Efficiency 8/27/2014
Acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms improve care quality and reduce costs in a cardiac care unit by drastically decreasing patient transfers.
Attempt Alerts and Decision Support for Abnormal Laboratory Values Do Not Improve Clinical Management or Reduce Adverse Events 8/27/2014
The combination of clinical alerts and decision support related to abnormal laboratory values had no impact on the clinical management of patients or the frequency of adverse events.
Care Process Algorithms Improve Continuation of Beta Blockers During Perioperative Period 8/27/2014
Clinicians follow algorithms that lay out a standardized process for ensuring that surgical inpatients and outpatients receive beta blockers as appropriate, leading to near universal compliance with recommended therapy.
Comprehensive Initiative to Create a Culture of Safety Significantly Reduces Harm Caused by Medical Errors, Mortality, Length of Stay, and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and Infections 8/27/2014
Sentara Healthcare launched a program designed to create a strong culture of safety. The initiative includes an assessment of the existing safety culture, establishment of goals related to improved safety, the development of specific strategies to identify and correct safety problems, and the use of ongoing processes and systems to monitor progress and encourage continued improvement.
Policy Health Plan's Comprehensive Strategy Involving Physician Incentives and Targeted Recruitment Enhances Patient Access to Language-Concordant Physicians 8/27/2014
A large medical group developed a comprehensive strategy to increase the number of physicians who speak languages other than English in order to improve access for patients with limited English proficiency. 
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Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 8/27/2014
This guide provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.
Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding 8/27/2014
This toolkit, published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, addresses The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding. It provides guidelines for data collection to comply with the measure and recommendations for evidence-based best practices.
Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People With Cancer 8/27/2014
This guide provides facts about and side effects of radiation therapy and describes how patients can care for themselves during and after treatment.
Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae 8/13/2014
This toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help health care facilities protect patients from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and to prevent transmission of CRE.
Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 8/13/2014
This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.