Interdisciplinary Team Identifies and Addresses Risk Factors for Falls Among Nursing Home Residents, Leading to Fewer Falls and Less Use of Restraints
Ethica Health and Retirement Communities developed a falls management program, the cornerstone of which is an interdisciplinary "falls team" at each nursing home that regularly assesses residents for risk of falling and develops intervention plans for those found at high risk.
Overnight "Day Care" Offers Safe and Stimulating Environment to Those With Severe Dementia, Respite to Overburdened Caregivers
An overnight "daycare" program offers a safe, stimulating environment to those with severe dementia who face challenges at night, providing respite to overburdened caregivers and delaying the need for nursing home placement.
Using Positive Deviance Employee-Generated Strategies Reduces MRSA Infections by 50 Percent
The Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System used Positive Deviance to encourage all employees at two facilities to use their own experiences to brainstorm and implement strategies for reducing hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.
Weekly Group Storytelling Enhances Verbal Skills, Encourages Positive Behavior Change, and Reduces Confusion in Patients With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia
The Timeslips program uses group storytelling to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
Cooperative Network Improves Patient Transitions Between Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, Reducing Readmissions and Length of Hospital Stays
Summa Health System's Care Coordination Network strives to ensure smooth transitions between the hospitals and 40 local skilled nursing facilities, leading to fewer readmissions and lower length of stay in the hospital.
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Mechanical Ventilation: Beyond the ICU
This tool provides patients with information about mechanical ventilation in settings outside the intensive care unit.
Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults
Try This is a series of assessment tools where each issue focuses on a topic specific to the older adult population. The content is directed to orient and encourage all nurses to understand the special needs of older adults and utilize the highest standards of practice in caring for the elderly.
Enhancing the Management of Neuropathic Pain in the Long-Term Care Setting
This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage residents with neuropathic or persistent pain.
Pressure Ulcer Tools
This site provides various resources on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers.
Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools
INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.