Emergency Department Expedites Treatment of Moderate Acuity Patients, Reducing Length of Stay and Walkouts
A hospital emergency department triages moderately acute patients to a "midtrack" area where a nurse practitioner further evaluates them and provides treatment under a physician's supervision, leading to lower length of stay and fewer patient walkouts.
Engaging Patients as Observers Represents Low-Cost, Accurate Way to Monitor and Improve Hand Hygiene in Outpatient Settings
Using patients to observe the hand hygiene habits of providers in outpatient clinics proves to be a low-cost, accurate way to monitor and improve adherence to recommended guidelines.
Streamlined Evaluation, Transfer, and Admission Processes Significantly Reduce Waiting Times for Emergency Department Patients Awaiting Admission to Psychiatric Facility
A multidisciplinary team from a medical center and its affiliated psychiatric hospital streamlined the evaluation, transfer, and admission processes for psychiatric patients presenting to the emergency department, leading to a significant decline in waiting times before transfer to the psychiatric facility.
Hospital-Based Asthma Educators Train Patients, Providers, and Community Members on Optimal Care, Leading to Fewer Admissions, Emergency Department Visits, and Missed Work Days
Asthma educators help patients, providers, school nurses, childcare providers, pharmacists, and others in the community achieve optimal asthma treatment, leading to fewer hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and missed work days.
Monthly Multidisciplinary Patient Safety Conferences Improve Hospital Staff Perceptions of Organization's Safety Culture and Increase Reporting of Adverse Events
Monthly patient safety conferences that allow clinicians and all levels of staff to openly discuss adverse events improved staff perceptions of the organization's safety culture and increased the reporting of such events.
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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources on Meaningful Use
The American Academy of Pediatrics developed these resources to guide pediatricians and their practices in achieving "meaningful use."
Mechanical Ventilation: Beyond the ICU
This tool provides patients with information about mechanical ventilation in settings outside the intensive care unit.
Reengineered Discharge Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to facilitate the Project RED intervention.
Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care
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.
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.