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.
Use of Clinical "Bundles," Fixed Pricing, and Patient Compact Enhances Adherence With Guidelines and Improves Outcomes in Bypass Surgery, Diabetes, and Other Areas
The ProvenCare program uses guideline-based "bundles" of discrete clinical care elements to guide surgical care delivery, a fixed per-case rate for inpatient and followup care, and a "patient compact" and other educational activities to encourage patients to become more engaged in their care.
Multifaceted Hospital Program Implemented Over a Decade Leads to Lower Nurse Turnover and Length of Stay, Improved Patient Outcomes, and Enhanced Revenues
Over a 10-year period, Hackensack University Medical Center designed a set of strategies to improve nurse satisfaction, reduce length of stay, and enhance case management for selected conditions, leading to improvements including reductions in nurse turnover and length of stay.
Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Health Care-Associated 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.
Nurse-Led, Telephone-Based Collaborative Care Improves Mental and Physical Health of Depressed Patients After Cardiac Bypass Surgery
A nurse-led, telephone-based collaborative care program improves mental and physical health in patients who suffer depression after cardiac bypass surgery and reduces hospital readmissions among men.
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.