Clinical Microsystem Uses Front-Line Teams to Redesign Hospital Processes, Leading to Fewer Delays and Better Patient Service
A hospital uses a clinical microsystem improvement process to quality improvement, leading to significant enhancements in efficiency and reductions in care delays.
Health System Expands Pharmacy and Nursing Staff Roles and Institutes Focus on Accountability, Improving Performance on Core Measures
Norman Regional Health System uses an expanded role for pharmacists and nurses, ongoing monitoring and reporting, physician peer review, and financial incentives to improve performance on core measures, achieving adherence rates of 96 percent or more on 17 of 25 measures (above both State and national averages).
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Initiative Is Associated With High Patient Satisfaction and Positive Outcomes for Total Joint Replacement Patients
Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center implemented the Patient and Family Centered Care Methodology and Practice, a low-technology, systems-based approach to inpatient care that focuses on providing care from the patient's and family’s perspective; the program is associated with high rates of patient satisfaction, functional status, and adherence to evidence-based care protocols, along with low infection rates and length of stay.
State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
Use of Clinical "Bundles," Fixed Pricing, and Patient Compact Enhances Adherence With Guidelines and Improves Outcomes in Bypass Surgery, Diabetes, and Other Areas
The ProvenCare program uses guideline-based "bundles" of discrete clinical care elements to guide surgical care delivery, a fixed per-case rate for inpatient and followup care, and a "patient compact" and other educational activities to encourage patients to become more engaged in their care.
Ensuring Correct Surgery
This pamphlet will help patients understand what will happen before they undergo surgery.
Screening for Obesity in Adults, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for obesity in adults.
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.
Problems and Prevention: Chest Tube Insertion
This 11-minute DVD uses video excerpts from 50 actual chest tube insertion procedures to illustrate problems that may occur.
Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): Recommendations Statement
This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and the supporting scientific evidence.