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Community Health Workers Embedded in Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Teams Enhance Access to Primary Care and Improve Health Outcomes for Low-Income Patients 8/27/2014
Community health workers embedded in clinical teams in medical offices and hospitals support low-income patients in setting and achieving health-related goals and accessing needed medical and community-based services, leading to better communication and access to postdischarge primary care, increased patient activation, fewer readmissions and depression-related symptoms, and positive feedback from patients.
Multiple Safeguards in Hospital Intravenous Medication Administration Processes Reduces Dosing Limit Violations and Improves Nurse Efficiency 8/13/2014
A hospital revamped its process for administering intravenous medications to incorporate multiple automated and human safeguards, leading to increased adherence to drug dosing limits and the elimination of many error-prone steps involved in manually programming the intravenous infusion pump.
Collaborative Supports Hospitals in Sharing and Implementing Best Practices, Leading to 33-Percent Decline in Urinary Tract Infections 7/30/2014
A 1-year collaborative program; in which 21 Pennsylvania hospitals set target goals for urinary tract infection prevention, developed strategies to meet these goals, and shared best practices, tools, and resources; led to a 32-percent decline in hospital-acquired urinary tract infections.
Community Coalition Supports Schools in Helping Students Increase Physical Activity and Make Better Food Choices 7/30/2014
A community-based coalition in rural Pennsylvania conducts ongoing marketing, supports schools, and sponsors community events in an effort to promote healthier behaviors by students, leading to more physical activity and better food choices.
Intensive, Nurse-Led Care Management During and After Hospitalization Reduces Readmissions and Costs for High-Risk Seniors 7/30/2014
An intensive, nurse-led care management program provided during and after hospitalization reduced readmissions, inpatient days, and care costs for high-risk seniors.
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