Adopting "Flow Management" Improves Efficiency, Throughput, and Quality of Care in Hospital Surgery Units
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of "flow management" to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
Comprehensive, Integrated Palliative Care Reduces Costs and Improves Satisfaction Among Patients and Their Families Within a Large Health
Fairview Health Services’ palliative care program offers palliative care clinical and support services to inpatients, outpatients, and home care patients to mitigate suffering and improve quality of life; the program is integrated into the care process to facilitate referrals and care coordination.
Electronic Alerts, Patient Education, and Performance Reports Improve Adherence to Guideline Designed to Reduce Early Elective Inductions
Electronic alerts, patient education, and provider performance reports promote adherence to a guideline covering early elective inductions, leading to a significant decline in such inductions, shorter average labor, and fewer newborn complications.
Neurologists Enhance Access to Specialty Care Through Virtual, In-Home Visits for Patients With Parkinson’s Disease, Generating High Levels of Satisfaction
Neurologists with expertise in movement disorders enhance access to specialty care by offering virtual house calls to patients with Parkinson's disease, generating very high levels of patient satisfaction.
Scoring System Helps Choose Approaches and Devices for Safely Moving Patients, Leading to Fewer Staff Injuries and Lost Work Days
A scoring system assists hospital staff in selecting approaches and, if needed, assistive devices for lifting, moving, and/or repositioning patients, leading to significant reductions in staff injuries and the near elimination of lost and restricted work days caused by these injuries.
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