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Emergency Department–Based Clinical Pharmacist Improves Quality of Care 4/9/2014
The University of Rochester Medical Center placed a clinical pharmacist in the emergency department to serve as an integral member of the health care team, leading to an increase in quality care.
Hospital-Based Program Educates and Arranges Community-Based Support for Young Victims of Violence, Leading to Fewer Repeat Episodes 4/9/2014
A hospital-based program for young victims of penetrating trauma identifies those at risk of future violence, educates them about the need to change behaviors to reduce those risks, and connects them to community-based organizations that can help them in doing so, leading to fewer repeat episodes.
Separate Emergency Center for Older Patients Leads to High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, Detection of Polypharmacy, Increased Volume of Patients, and Low Rate of Return Visits 4/9/2014
A separate emergency center for older patients includes physical features to reduce anxiety and discomfort, staff trained in geriatric care, and routine followup monitoring after discharge, leading to high levels of patient satisfaction, detection of polypharmacy, increased patient volume, and a low rate of return visits.
Statewide Partnership Provides Mental Health Assessments via Telemedicine to Patients in Rural Emergency Departments, Reducing Wait Times, Hospitalizations, and Costs 4/9/2014
Through a statewide telemedicine program, psychiatrists evaluate patients with mental health issues who present at rural hospital emergency departments, leading to reductions in wait times, inpatient admissions, and costs; increased attendance at followup visits; and high levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.
Archived Acuity-Adaptable Inpatient Rooms Eliminate Most Patient Transfers, Leading to Enhanced Safety, Satisfaction, and Efficiency 3/26/2014
Acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms improve care quality and reduce costs in a cardiac care unit by drastically decreasing patient transfers.
QualityTools
Door-to-Doc Patient Safety Toolkit 3/26/2014
"Door to Doc" is a patient flow redesign process that improves the safety of care for patients in the emergency department (ED) by reducing the time patients wait to be seen, and by expediting admission to the most appropriate hospital unit.
Protocol for the Prescription of Controlled Substances by Emergency Department Providers 3/12/2014
Protocol for the Prescription of Controlled Substances by Emergency Department Providers is a one-page, easy-to-understand protocol can help physicians and nurses decide how to treat patients complaining about pain who may be abusing opioid medications or other controlled substances.
Queueing ToolPak 4.0 2/26/2014
The Queueing ToolPak (QTP) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that performs basic calculations for waiting time analysis.
Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action 12/18/2013
This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions.
Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) 12/18/2013
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a family of health care databases and related tools for research and decisionmaking. HCUP is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Last updated: April 09, 2014.