Text Messages to Parents Increase Influenza Immunization Rate for Low-Income, Minority Children
A series of automated text messages to predominantly low-income, Latino parents about influenza and the importance of influenza vaccines leads to a small but meaningful increase in the percentage of children vaccinated.
Community-Driven Clinic for Refugee Women Enhances Access to Comprehensive, Culturally Sensitive Care Across the Reproductive Life Span
An Arizona clinic for women refugees provides comprehensive, culturally sensitive care across the reproductive life span, leading to enhanced access to services, high patient satisfaction, greater awareness of breast cancer and mammography, and better planning for childbirth.
Interdisciplinary, Comprehensive Skin Care Program Significantly Reduces Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers
A comprehensive, interdisciplinary skin care program that relies on protocols and guidelines for proactive assessment and treatment, regular education and training of nurses, and ongoing performance monitoring significantly reduced the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Physician–nurse infection prevention teams round on hospital units at least weekly, leading to a 70-percent decline in central line–associated infections and very low rates of surgical site infections.
Online Tutorial and Interactive Workshop Support Physicians in Employing Shared Decisionmaking With Patients, Reducing Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Infections
An online tutorial and interactive workshop supported family physicians in engaging in shared decisionmaking with patients, reducing use of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections.
Flu Assessment Guidelines for Parents
The Flu Assessment Guidelines for Parents is a flowchart for parents to use to assess whether or not to treat their children at home for the flu.
Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol
The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults.
10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals
This 2-page fact sheet provides 10 tips that hospitals can implement to improve patient safety, based on findings from patient safety projects sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality since 2001.
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
This fact sheet provides recommendations to help patients prevent medical errors when taking medications, during a hospital stay, and before having surgery.
30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care. Fact Sheet
The National Quality Forum has identified 30 safe practices that, evidence shows, can work to reduce or prevent adverse events and medication errors. These practices can be universally adopted by all health care settings to reduce the risk of harm to patients.