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Improvement Projects Led by Unit-Based Teams of Nurse, Physician, and Quality Leaders Reduce Infections, Lower Costs, Improve Patient Satisfaction, and Nurse–Physician Communication 4/23/2014
Unit-based teams of physicians, nurses, and quality leaders develop and implement unit-specific initiatives designed to improve quality and safety, leading to reductions in infections and pressure ulcers, increased adherence to medication reconciliation standards, more reporting of errors and near-misses, higher patient satisfaction, and better overall nurse/physician communication and teamwork.
Proactive Patient Rounding Reduces Call Light Use and Falls, Eliminates Pressure Ulcers, and Enhances Patient and Staff Satisfaction 4/23/2014
Regular nursing rounds conducted throughout day, evening, and overnight shifts substantially reduced call light use and falls, eliminated pressure ulcers, and increased patient and staff satisfaction.
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.
Group Music and Exercise Classes Improve Range of Motion in Select Joints in Very Young Burn Patients 3/26/2014
A group music and exercise program for very young burn victims enhances active range of motion in assessed joints.
Interdisciplinary Teams Perform Daily Reviews of Real-Time Information to Identify and Address Risk Factors in Older Inpatients 2/26/2014
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.
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30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care. Fact Sheet 12/18/2013
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.
On-Time Quality Improvement for Long-Term Care Tool Set 10/9/2013
The On-Time Quality Improvement for Long-Term Care program is designed to improve day-to-day practice in nursing homes, improve and redesign workflow, enrich work culture, and reduce pressure ulcers.
Pressure Ulcer Clinical Tools & Resources 10/9/2013
This site provides various resources on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers.
Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care 10/9/2013
This toolkit for health care professionals in hospitals provides ways to implement effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care.
Understanding Your Body 10/9/2013
This Web site provides easy-to-understand explanations of body systems and disease conditions.
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Pressure Ulcers 3/3/2010
Long-Term Care 8/19/2009

Last updated: April 23, 2014.