Interdisciplinary Teams Perform Daily Reviews of Real-Time Information to Identify and Address Risk Factors in Older Inpatients
Hospital-based interdisciplinary teams conduct daily reviews of real-time information on all inpatients ages 65 and older to identify and address risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes; the program reduced use of urinary catheters and increased use of physical therapy and social work evaluations.
Comprehensive Wellness Program Improves Employees' Health-Related Behaviors and Risk Factors, Stems Rise in Employer Health Care Costs
A large employer offers a comprehensive wellness program combined with financial incentives to use its various components, leading to broad participation, improvements in health-related behaviors and risk factors, and a leveling off of overall health care costs.
Consortium of Pennsylvania Hospitals Adopts Standardized Wristband Colors, Leading to Reduction of Falls, Allergic Reactions at Rehabilitation Hospital
In 2006, a consortium of 11 hospitals in northeastern Pennsylvania voluntarily agreed to initiate a process to standardize the colors of patient wristbands that identify high-risk clinical situations (e.g., patient allergies). Before the program, Pennsylvania hospitals used many different color schemes, leading to an increased risk of near-misses and medical errors.
Creation of Unit-Based, Clinically Focused Nurse Leader Position Expedites Discharge, Improves Quality, and Reduces Turnover
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.
Joint Nurse Practitioner–Geriatrician Management of Frail Elderly Increases Adherence to Recommended Care Processes for Common Conditions
Working in collaboration with geriatricians, a nurse practitioner comanaged the care of frail, elderly patients with any of five chronic conditions, leading to better adherence to recommended care processes.
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Center for Healthy Aging: Resource Library
This library of resources for community-based organizations provides materials to help develop and implement evidence-based programs to promote healthy lives for older adults.
State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention
The State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention is designed to give State and local coalitions the strategies, tools, and resources to prevent falls among older adults.
DiabetesIQ is a mobile application for patients and nonpatients to learn about diabetes and ways to manage it.
National Center for Patient Safety 2004 Falls Toolkit
This toolkit is a collection of resources and tools to help patient care facility staff create and improve comprehensive falls prevention programs.
Screening for Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.