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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.
Comprehensive Program Virtually Eliminates Preventable Birth Trauma 7/30/2014
As part of a system-wide effort to transform inpatient care and eliminate preventable injuries and deaths, Seton Healthcare Family developed and implemented a comprehensive set of practices that collectively led to a substantial reduction in the incidence of birth trauma.
Daily, Multidisciplinary Rounds and Evidence-Based Best Practices Decrease Nosocomial Infections and Costs in the Intensive Care Unit 7/30/2014
The combination of multidisciplinary, physician-led rounds and a set of evidence-based best practices (known as "bundles") decreased nosocomial infection rates and costs in the intensive care unit.
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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.
How-to Guide: Sustainability and Spread 6/4/2014
This guide provides information for hospitals on how to sustain and spread improvements they have made since adopting interventions from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign.
HospitalBillHelp.org 5/21/2014
This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.