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Daily Intensive Care Unit Team Communication Enhances Provider Understanding of Care Goals, Reduces Length of Stay 4/9/2014
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.
Routine Cultures, Real-Time Alerts, and Immediate Precautions Reduce Intensive Care Unit MRSA Infections 4/9/2014
Nurses at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital routinely monitor all patients admitted to intensive care units for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization from admission to discharge.
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.
Team-Administered Protocol Encourages Mobility in Respiratory Intensive Care Unit Patients, Leading to Shorter Length of Stay 3/26/2014
A hospital protocol that encourages early mobility by respiratory intensive care unit patients reduced length of stay, both in the intensive care unit and overall.
Unit-Based Safety Program Improves Safety Culture, Reduces Medication Errors and Length of Stay 3/26/2014
The Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) improves patient safety awareness and quality of care by empowering staff to take charge, create partnerships between units, improve organizational culture, and obtain resources for unit efforts.
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: April 09, 2014.