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Archived Acuity-Adaptable Inpatient Rooms Eliminate Most Patient Transfers, Leading to Enhanced Safety, Satisfaction, and Efficiency 8/27/2014
Acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms improve care quality and reduce costs in a cardiac care unit by drastically decreasing patient transfers.
Comprehensive Initiative to Create a Culture of Safety Significantly Reduces Harm Caused by Medical Errors, Mortality, Length of Stay, and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and Infections 8/27/2014
Sentara Healthcare launched a program designed to create a strong culture of safety. The initiative includes an assessment of the existing safety culture, establishment of goals related to improved safety, the development of specific strategies to identify and correct safety problems, and the use of ongoing processes and systems to monitor progress and encourage continued improvement.
Intensive Care Units Participating in Hospital Collaborative Implement Multiple Improvement Strategies, Leading to Fewer Deaths and Lower Costs 8/13/2014
As part of a hospital collaborative, intensive care units implemented a multifaceted safety program that reduced infections and hospital days, saved lives, and lowered health care costs.
Medical Response Team Saves Lives by Empowering Nurses to Recognize and Act on Early Warning Signs of Trouble 8/13/2014
The medical response team at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, responds to early warning signs that patients are in cardiac or respiratory distress and moves quickly to rescue them before medical emergencies develop; the team has reduced cardiac arrests by 26 percent.
Round-the-Clock Intensivists Eliminate Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Central Line Infections, and Pressure Ulcers in Intensive Care Unit 8/13/2014
Intensivists guide care around the clock in two medical–surgical intensive care units, leading to lower length of stay and the near elimination of ventilator-associated pneumonia, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, and central line infections.
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: September 10, 2014.