Community Partnerships Target High-Risk Populations, Leading to More Effective, Lower-Cost Hepatitis Screening
The St. Luke's Texas Liver Coalition revamped its strategic approach to screening for hepatitis C, shifting away from screening the general population at health fairs to forming partnerships with various community-based organizations that work with high-risk populations.
Hospital Collaborative-Inspired Improvements in Donation and Procurement Processes Lead to Increase in Organ Donors
As part of a collaborative with other hospitals, a health system developed multiple strategies to improve the organ donation request and procurement process, leading to a high conversion rate (the percentage of potential donors who become actual donors); collaborative participants as a group experienced a marked rise in conversion rates and donors.
Integrated Behavioral Health Reduces Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care Patients, Improving Quality of Life and Reducing Costs
A primary care clinic integrates behavioral health assessment and treatment into the care of its largely low-income population, leading to better access to mental health care, improved quality of life, and reductions in depression and anxiety, utilization of primary care and emergency department services, and overall health care costs; Spanish-speaking patients have benefited disproportionately from the program in certain areas.
Checklists With Medication Vest or Sash Reduce Distractions During Medication Administration
Based on airline safety principles, five simple and inexpensive interventions significantly reduced the number of distractions experienced by nurses during medication administration.
Multifaceted Program Increases Reporting of Potential Errors, Leads to Action Plans to Enhance Safety
A multifaceted initiative known as the Good Catch Program dramatically increases the reporting of events that could potentially cause harm and spurs the development of action plans designed to address the common causes of potential errors.