Emergency Department Protocol Leads to Faster Identification and Treatment of Pediatric Patients With Sepsis
A “shock" protocol involving computerized flagging of abnormal vital signs and initiation of treatment based on standardized order sets led to faster identification and treatment of children with suspected sepsis in the emergency department.
Multispecialty Practice Uses Electronic Templates to Provide Customized Support at Every Visit, Contributing to Improved Patient Behaviors and Outcomes
Using electronic templates, nurses and physicians provide a personalized report to patients at virtually every visit, with the goal of improving health-related behaviors; the program has contributed to a leveling off in the prevalence of overweight/obesity, above-average quit rates among smokers, better blood glucose control, and fewer racial disparities in chronic care.
Co-Located, Independent Primary Care and Specialty Practices Collaborate to Enhance Access, Improve Quality and Satisfaction
A medical complex houses a primary care practice, a wide array of specialty practices, and ancillary service providers who operate independently but collaborate closely to provide same-day access and communicate in real time on individual cases, leading to improvements in breast and colon cancer screening rates and to higher physician and patient satisfaction.
Nurse-Led, Unit-Based Quality Improvement Increases Amount of Time Spent With Patients, Reduces Falls and Nurse Turnover
Seton Northwest Hospital continuously designs and tests nurse-led quality improvement projects at the patient's bedside, allowing nurses to be more efficient and spend more time with patients, reducing falls and nurse turnover, accelerating patient discharge, and yielding positive feedback from staff and patients.
Nursing Homes Create Home-Like, Resident-Focused Environment and Culture, Leading to Better Quality and Financial Performance, Higher Resident Satisfaction, and Lower Staff Turnover
Seven nursing homes adopted strategies to create a more homelike, resident-focused environment and culture, leading to better quality, higher resident satisfaction, lower staff turnover, and better financial performance.