Medical Outreach to HIV Patients in Unstable Housing Increases Use of Care and HIV-Related Medications and Improves Patient Perceptions of Quality
The Medical Outreach Program enhanced services provided to unstably housed, minority individuals with human immunodeficiency virus by including physicians on the community outreach team who provide general medical consultation, triage, acute care, evaluation, and prescriptions for needed medications.
Protocols, 24-Hour Neurologist Access, and Ongoing Training Lead to More Patients Receiving Timely Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment
A comprehensive initiative to improve stroke care features protocols to facilitate faster evaluation and diagnosis, quick administration of tissue plasminogen activator when indicated, 24-hour access to a neurologist, enhanced discharge planning, improved documentation and data collection, continuous staff training, and community outreach, leading to more timely administration of appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment and to many more eligible patients receiving tissue plasminogen activator.
Psychiatric Hospital Streamlines Patient Transfer Process, Reducing Scheduling Time and Nearly Doubling Monthly Transfers to Outpatient Clinics
Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics used Toyota Production System principles to streamline the process by which patients are transferred to outpatient clinics, significantly reducing scheduling time, time to the patient's first appointment, and communication errors, and leading to a near doubling in the number of patient transfers.
Voluntary, Anonymous, Non-Punitive System Leads to a Significant Increase in Reporting of Errors in Ambulatory Pediatric Practice
A hospital’s ambulatory pediatrics department developed a voluntary, anonymous, and nonpunitive medical error reporting system that includes a quick response team to review reports and enact interventions to prevent recurrences, leading to a significant increase in error reporting.
Heart Failure Disease Management Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs
Essentia Health Heart and Vascular Center created a heart failure program combining chronic care and disease management principles to improve outcomes and reduce costs associated with heart failure care.
Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults
Try This is a series of assessment tools where each issue focuses on a topic specific to the older adult population. The content is directed to orient and encourage all nurses to understand the special needs of older adults and utilize the highest standards of practice in caring for the elderly.
Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients
This document describes the standards for the optimal care of people who are homeless or marginally housed that were developed by the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network for health care professionals, students, and ancillary personnel who have minimal experience working with homeless patients.
A Guide to Primary Care of People with HIV/AIDS, 2004 Edition
This 180-page guide addresses several important aspects of primary care and treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS.
Tuberculosis: The Connection between TB and HIV (the AIDS virus)
This brochure provides information about the connection between tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus infection.