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Immediate Post-Event Debriefing Improves Multiple Aspects of Response to Codes and Increases Staff Satisfaction 2/26/2014
Immediate team debriefings after a cardiopulmonary resuscitation code event improve multiple aspects of the team's response to future codes and generate high levels of staff satisfaction.
Clinical Microsystem Improvements in Children's Hospital Lead to Fewer Codes and More Timely Delivery of Essential Care 2/12/2014
A children's hospital uses a clinical "microsystem" approach to improve patient safety and quality, leading to fewer codes and more timely care.
Intensivists Make Placement Decisions and Manage Critically Ill Patients Throughout Hospital, Leading to Lower Mortality and Better Management of Intensive Care Unit Capacity 2/12/2014
Working as part of an “intensive care unit without walls,” critical care physicians (called intensivists) decide which patients require intensive care unit admission and oversee the care of all critically ill patients throughout the hospital, leading to declines in hospital and intensive care unit mortality, improved management of intensive care unit bed capacity, and low intensive care unit length of stay for terminally ill patients.
Crisis Prevention Team Calms Agitated Patients in Psychiatric Units, Leading to a Reduction in the Use of Restraints and Seclusion and Fewer Injuries 1/29/2014
A trained rapid response, crisis prevention team calms agitated patients in inpatient psychiatry units, leading to less use of restraints and seclusion and fewer injuries to staff and patients.
Early Warning Scoring System Proactively Identifies Patients at Risk of Deterioration, Leading to Fewer Cardiopulmonary Emergencies and Deaths 11/20/2013
A simple scoring system allows nurses to quickly recognize patients likely to deteriorate and mobilize resources to assist them, leading to an increase in calls to the hospital rapid response team and a reduction in "code blue" (cardiopulmonary) emergencies.
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Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) Tools and Materials 7/17/2013
This multimedia resource kit helps organizations plan, conduct, and evaluate its team training program.
Deploy Rapid Response Teams 2/20/2013
These tools, which are part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign, can help a hospital establish a rapid response team program.
Partnering with Patients and Families to Enhance Safety and Quality: A Mini Toolkit 11/23/2011
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