Text Messages to Parents Increase Influenza Immunization Rate for Low-Income, Minority Children
A series of automated text messages to predominantly low-income, Latino parents about influenza and the importance of influenza vaccines leads to a small but meaningful increase in the percentage of children vaccinated.
Interdisciplinary, Comprehensive Skin Care Program Significantly Reduces Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers
A comprehensive, interdisciplinary skin care program that relies on protocols and guidelines for proactive assessment and treatment, regular education and training of nurses, and ongoing performance monitoring significantly reduced the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
Medical Outreach to HIV Patients in Unstable Housing Increases Use of Care and HIV-Related Medications and Improves Patient Perceptions of Quality
The Medical Outreach Program enhanced services provided to unstably housed, minority individuals with human immunodeficiency virus by including physicians on the community outreach team who provide general medical consultation, triage, acute care, evaluation, and prescriptions for needed medications.
Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Physician–nurse infection prevention teams round on hospital units at least weekly, leading to a 70-percent decline in central line–associated infections and very low rates of surgical site infections.
Outpatient Clinics Use Annual Education Campaign, Friendly Competition, and Incentives to Double Influenza Immunization Rates Among Employees
A multispecialty clinic promotes influenza vaccinations among employees by offering free vaccines, providing education about vaccine safety and effectiveness, designating an immunization champion within each clinic, and sponsoring friendly competitions across sites; the program led to more than doubling the employee immunization rate over a 7-year period.
Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol
The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults.
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
This fact sheet provides recommendations to help patients prevent medical errors when taking medications, during a hospital stay, and before having surgery.
30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care. Fact Sheet
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.
Central Line Insertion Care Team Checklist
This checklist for clinicians provides critical steps that can help reduce central line-associated infections.
Checklist of Hand Hygiene Interventions
This checklist offers interventions to increase overall compliance with hand hygiene guidelines in a health care setting.