Alerts, Standing Orders, and Care Pathways Boost Quality of Care for Pneumonia, Heart Attack, and Heart Failure
Reid Hospital created a computer-based system of alerts, standing orders, and care pathways to eliminate gaps in the care of patients with pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction, and heart failure, and to address surgical complication and infection prevention, leading to significant improvements in quality of care.
Shared Decision Making for Breast Cancer Patients Leads to High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, and Comfort With Decisions and Treatment Preferences
Decision aids and one-on-one counseling sessions help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients evaluate their treatment options and preferences before the initial surgeon visit, leading to high levels of patient satisfaction and knowledge, less conflict about and greater comfort with decisions made, many changes in treatment preferences, and better patient–surgeon interactions.
Six-Sigma Inspired Workflow Redesign Leads to Better Adherence to Evidence-Based Protocols and Fewer Infections for Surgery Patients
To reduce surgical site infections, Decatur Memorial Hospital used Six-Sigma techniques to review and standardize workflow processes for surgical patients throughout their hospital stay, with a focus on increasing adherence to evidence-based protocols related to antibiotics.
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.
State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
Quick Tips—When Planning for Surgery
This tool presents 12 questions patients should ask their doctor before having surgery.
Women's Health Care in the United States: Selected Findings From the 2004 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, Fact Sheet
Using selected measures from the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report, this fact sheet describes disparities in the health care received by women.
Roadmaps for Clinical Practice Series: Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity Primer
The Roadmaps for Clinical Practice Series: Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity Primer is designed to offer practical recommendations for addressing adult obesity in the primary care setting.
Nursing Assistant Ostomy Competency Tool
This tool is used to rate nursing assistants on their performance of critical elements of care for patients with existing ostomies.
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Guideline Recommendations, Slide Set
This slideshow summarizes the guideline recommendations developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology on the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in early-stage breast cancer.