Administrative Overhaul Improves Access to Substance Abuse Services for Iowa Patients
Using tools and resources developed by NIATx, the Iowa Department of Public Health and local providers conducted an administrative overhaul of substance abuse services to improve access to care for patients in Iowa.
Standardized Contact Process Based on Individual Physician Preferences Saves Nurses Significant Time When Trying to Reach Doctors
St. Rita’s Medical Center uses a system based on individualized physician preferences that allows nurses to contact physicians at any time of day by making only one phone call, leading to significant time savings.
Algorithm Guides Test Ordering for Patients With Suspected Pulmonary Embolism, Improving Patient Safety by Reducing Unnecessary Radiation Exposure
A hospital emergency department uses a simple algorithm and related tools to guide physician ordering of imaging studies for stable patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, leading to the provision of safer care by reducing unnecessary radiation exposure for patients.
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.
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.
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Door-to-Doc Patient Safety Toolkit
"Door to Doc" is a patient flow redesign process that improves the safety of care for patients in the emergency department (ED) by reducing the time patients wait to be seen, and by expediting admission to the most appropriate hospital unit.
Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net: A Practice Coaching Manual
This practice coaching manual and the companion toolkit, Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net, provide the tools and structure for coaches to use in helping teams to improve clinical quality in a wide variety of settings.
AHRQ Chartered Value Exchanges: Public Reporting Web Sites
This Web page provides links to public reporting Web sites sponsored by CVEs or stakeholders affiliated with a CVE.
Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders
This document is written for hospital leaders interested in providing safer and higher quality care. It presents the thoughts, successes, and failures of hospital leaders who have used concepts of high reliability to make patient care better.
Central Line Insertion Care Team Checklist
This checklist for clinicians provides critical steps that can help reduce central line-associated infections.