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Daily Multidisciplinary Patient Rounds and Best Practice Bundle Decrease Use of Ventilators in the Intensive Care Unit 7/16/2014
The implementation of daily multidisciplinary patient rounds and a bundle of best practice guidelines reduced the use of ventilators for patients in the intensive care unit.
Hourly Testing and As-Needed Dosing Adjustments Significantly Improve Effectiveness of Glycemic Control in Intensive Care Unit Patients 6/18/2014
To reduce the high percentage of intensive care unit patients with hyperglycemia, Indiana University Health developed and implemented an hourly testing and as-needed dosing adjustment system that is enabled through use of an automated reminder system and dosing calculator.
Archived Daily Bathing With Antiseptic Agent Significantly Reduces Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Intensive Care Unit Patients 6/4/2014
Nurses and nurse aids in intensive care units bathe patients each day using washcloths impregnated with an antiseptic agent, leading to a significant reduction in hospital-acquired infections.
Daily Intensive Care Unit Team Communication Enhances Provider Understanding of Care Goals, Reduces Length of Stay 6/4/2014
Intensive care unit clinicians developed a standardized communication process based on a daily goals form that prompts clinicians to evaluate and document the patient's current status, design a care plan, and outline daily tasks, thereby increasing clinician understanding of daily care goals.
Policy State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Alleviate Workloads, Leading to Lower Patient Mortality and Higher Nurse Satisfaction 6/4/2014
As mandated by State law, the California Department of Health Services requires acute care hospitals to maintain minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and to develop various systems to ensure adequate nurse coverage and quality, leading to more reasonable workloads, lower patient mortality, and higher job satisfaction.
QualityTools
Central Line Procedural Checklist 3/12/2014
This tool is used to document activities that are considered standard work before, during, and after a central line procedure.
Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet 3/12/2014
The goal of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Daily Goals Worksheet is to reduce ICU length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU.
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.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign 2/12/2014
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has developed a suite of tools to help organizations reduce mortality due to sepsis and to guide improvement efforts.
30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care. Fact Sheet 12/18/2013
The National Quality Forum has identified 30 safe practices that, evidence shows, can work to reduce or prevent adverse events and medication errors. These practices can be universally adopted by all health care settings to reduce the risk of harm to patients.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.