County, City, and Community Agencies Support Childcare Centers and Parents in Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Habits of Preschoolers
Local government agencies and nonprofit groups improved the nutrition and physical activity practices of childcare centers by refurbishing a local park, training staff on healthy eating and exercise, and planting gardens at each center.
Process Improvements Based on Lean Principles Reduce Operating Room Foot Traffic, Leading to Reduced Risk of Infection and Enhanced Staff Productivity and Satisfaction
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center used principles adopted from the Lean method of the Toyota Production System to improve patient safety and the overall functioning of the operating room by reducing foot traffic into and out of the surgical suite.
Comprehensive Program to Change Hand Hygiene Culture Improves Adherence to Disinfection Guidelines, Leading to Lower Infection Rates and Costs
A comprehensive, hospital-based program targeting culture change related to hand hygiene through education, environmental modifications, and employee incentives leads to better adherence, fewer infections, and lower costs.
Day Hospital Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay and Emergency Department Visits for Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia
A Sickle Cell Day Hospital provides an alternative to inpatient care for patients with sickle cell anemia, with the goal of managing their pain and keeping them out of the hospital, resulting in lower inpatient lengths of stay and emergency department utilization.
Enhanced Home Health Program Provides Remote Monitoring and Services, Leading to Fewer Hospitalizations and Increased Nurse Productivity
A home health program enhances services to congestive heart failure and other chronically ill patients by supplementing at-home visits with ongoing remote monitoring and services.