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Archived Adopting "Flow Management" Improves Efficiency, Throughput, and Quality of Care in Hospital Surgery Units 7/16/2014
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of "flow management" to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
Evidence-Based Bundle for Adults Is Adapted by Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Reducing Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia and Lowering Costs 7/16/2014
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a program to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in three intensive care units, including two pediatric intensive care units and one cardiac intensive care unit. The program adapts a bundle of evidence-based interventions commonly used to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia in adults to the pediatric population.
Proactive Assessment and Management of At-Risk Patients Reduces Pressure Ulcers and Saves $11 Million Annually in Two-Hospital System 7/16/2014
The NCH Healthcare System's multifaceted program to prevent pressure ulcers in high-risk patients dramatically reduced their prevalence and saved the system more than $11 million annually.
Process Improvements Based on Lean Principles Reduce Operating Room Foot Traffic, Leading to Reduced Risk of Infection and Enhanced Staff Productivity and Satisfaction 7/16/2014
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.
Skin Assessments Conducted as Part of Patient Intake Improve Documentation of Pressure Ulcers on Admission, Reduce Incidence During Stay 7/16/2014
Nurses perform a baseline skin assessment on every newly admitted patient, leading to improvements in the identification and documentation of pressure ulcers on admission and to lower incidence of pressure ulcers.
QualityTools
How-to Guide: Sustainability and Spread 6/4/2014
This guide provides information for hospitals on how to sustain and spread improvements they have made since adopting interventions from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign.
Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet 3/12/2014
The goal of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Daily Goals Worksheet is to reduce ICU length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU.
Options for Large-Scale Spread of Simple, High-Impact Interventions: Technical Report 3/12/2014
This report outlines what is known to be effective in the adoption and spread of high-impact interventions, presenting several illustrative approaches for spread and lessons learned from applying them.
Partnering in Self-Management Support: A Toolkit for Clinicians 3/12/2014
This toolkit is intended to give busy clinical practices an introduction to a set of activities and changes that support patients and families in the day-to-day management of chronic conditions.
Quality Improvement Savings Tracker Worksheet 3/12/2014
This worksheet can be used by health care organizations to track cost savings associated with waste reduction efforts and to adjust for annual changes.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.