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Creation of Unit-Based, Clinically Focused Nurse Leader Position Expedites Discharge, Improves Quality, and Reduces Turnover 4/9/2014
A hospital created a new nursing position, the clinical resource nurse, to ensure continuity of care, facilitate care planning, coordinate with physicians, encourage adherence to evidence-based practices, and mentor less experienced nurses, leading to more timely discharges, fewer falls and pressure ulcers, lower nurse turnover, and higher patient, nurse, and physician satisfaction.
Statewide Partnership Provides Mental Health Assessments via Telemedicine to Patients in Rural Emergency Departments, Reducing Wait Times, Hospitalizations, and Costs 4/9/2014
Through a statewide telemedicine program, psychiatrists evaluate patients with mental health issues who present at rural hospital emergency departments, leading to reductions in wait times, inpatient admissions, and costs; increased attendance at followup visits; and high levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.
Archived Adopting "Flow Management" Improves Efficiency, Throughput, and Quality of Care in Hospital Surgery Units 3/26/2014
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of "flow management" to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
Enhancements to Interpreter Program Lead to Better Productivity for Interpreters, More Depression Screening, and Potential Reduction in Readmissions for Non–English-Speaking Patients 3/26/2014
Cambridge Health Alliance enhanced its round-the-clock interpreter services by tracking key indicators that gauge the quality of these services; analyses of these data led to significant improvements in the program's telephone-based services and staff efficiency and the decision to implement depression screening in patients with limited English proficiency.
Multifaceted Program Reduces Decision-to-Incision Time and Increases Rate of On-time Starts for Emergency Cesarean Deliveries 3/12/2014
A multifaceted program in a rural, community hospital reduced mean decision-to-incision time for emergency cesarean deliveries and increased adherence to guidelines that recommend that such deliveries begin in less than 30 minutes.
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Last updated: April 09, 2014.