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.
Care Process Algorithms Improve Continuation of Beta Blockers During Perioperative Period
Clinicians follow algorithms that lay out a standardized process for ensuring that surgical inpatients and outpatients receive beta blockers as appropriate, leading to near universal compliance with recommended therapy.
Real-Time Location System Tracks Staff, Patients, and Equipment, Reducing Costs, Improving Infection Control and Room Turnaround, and Generating High Satisfaction
Hospitals use a real-time location system to track employees, patients, and/or major pieces of equipment, leading to lower equipment costs, better infection control processes, faster room turnaround, and high levels of patient, physician, and staff satisfaction.
Hospital-Based Program Protects Newborns by Providing Pertussis Vaccinations to Medically Underserved Hispanic Mothers and Caregivers
Hospital-based program increases use of pertussis vaccinations for mothers who have just given birth and others who will be in regular contact with the infant at home (and who therefore represent a potential source of infection to the infant).
Round-the-Clock Intensivists Eliminate Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Central Line Infections, and Pressure Ulcers in Intensive Care Unit
Intensivists guide care around the clock in two medical–surgical intensive care units, leading to lower length of stay and the near elimination of ventilator-associated pneumonia, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, and central line infections.