Engaging Patients as Observers Represents Low-Cost, Accurate Way to Monitor and Improve Hand Hygiene in Outpatient Settings
Using patients to observe the hand hygiene habits of providers in outpatient clinics proves to be a low-cost, accurate way to monitor and improve adherence to recommended guidelines.
Streamlined Evaluation, Transfer, and Admission Processes Significantly Reduce Waiting Times for Emergency Department Patients Awaiting Admission to Psychiatric Facility
A multidisciplinary team from a medical center and its affiliated psychiatric hospital streamlined the evaluation, transfer, and admission processes for psychiatric patients presenting to the emergency department, leading to a significant decline in waiting times before transfer to the psychiatric facility.
Monthly Multidisciplinary Patient Safety Conferences Improve Hospital Staff Perceptions of Organization's Safety Culture and Increase Reporting of Adverse Events
Monthly patient safety conferences that allow clinicians and all levels of staff to openly discuss adverse events improved staff perceptions of the organization's safety culture and increased the reporting of such events.
Safety Mentors Create Culture To Reduce Adverse Events and Increase Error Reporting
Safety mentors at Christiana Care Health System help staff implement best-practice safety behaviors and reporting of errors and near-misses, leading to a reduction in serious adverse events and increased identification and/or reporting of near-misses.
Hospital System-Based Changes Enhance Throughput and Meet Increased Demand Without Adding New Facilities
The Lehigh Valley Health Network made systems-based changes to a variety of key processes related to patient throughput, allowing the network to meet increased demand for its services.
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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources on Meaningful Use
The American Academy of Pediatrics developed these resources to guide pediatricians and their practices in achieving "meaningful use."
Reengineered Discharge Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to facilitate the Project RED intervention.
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.
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.
Expecting Success Toolkit
The Expecting Success Toolkit provides tips for hospitals on improving the quality of care and reducing disparities.