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14-Hospital Telepharmacy Program Reduces Order Processing Time, Frees Up Pharmacists for Quality-Enhancing Initiatives, and Saves Money 7/16/2014
A telepharmacy program enables offsite pharmacists to review and approve medication orders in 14 hospitals, leading to expanded hours of service, reduced order processing times, enhanced pharmacy services, higher nurse satisfaction, freed up pharmacist time, and more than $1 million in annual cost savings.
Standardized Tools and Protocols Increase Provision of Recommended Care in Key Clinical Areas, Reducing Hospital Mortality 7/16/2014
A hospital implemented new processes to increase the provision of recommended care for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and surgery patients, leading to significant improvements in quality and a 25 percent reduction in mortality.
Policy Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group Offers Modest Performance-Based Incentives to Salaried Physicians, Leading to Sustained Improvement on Quality-Related Metrics 7/16/2014
A hospital-affiliated physician group offers modest performance-based incentives to salaried physicians, leading to sustained improvements in performance on a broad array of quality-related metrics.
Comprehensive Program to Change Hand Hygiene Culture Improves Adherence to Disinfection Guidelines, Leading to Lower Infection Rates and Costs 7/2/2014
A comprehensive, hospital-based program targeting culture change related to hand hygiene through education, environmental modifications, and employee incentives leads to better adherence, fewer infections, and lower costs.
Comprehensive, Integrated Palliative Care Reduces Costs and Improves Satisfaction Among Patients and Their Families Within a Large Health System 7/2/2014
Fairview Health Services’ palliative care program offers palliative care clinical and support services to inpatients, outpatients, and home care patients to mitigate suffering and improve quality of life; the program is integrated into the care process to facilitate referrals and care coordination.
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QualityTools
CLABSI Toolkit – Preventing Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections: Useful Tools, An International Perspective 1/29/2014
The overarching goal of the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) toolkit is to provide the most current information and guidance on practices and technology, as well as the most appropriate tools, resources, and education to assist health care organizations in reducing the current burden associated with CLABSIs.
Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding 10/9/2013
This toolkit, published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, addresses The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding. It provides guidelines for data collection to comply with the measure and recommendations for evidence-based best practices.
Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation 10/9/2013
This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to improving the medication reconciliation process.
Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety 7/31/2013
The Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety is a tested, evidence-based resource to help hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety.
A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Health Care‚ÄďAssociated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals 3/14/2012
The Compendium is a set of strategies designed for acute care hospitals to prevent six of the most common health care–associated infections.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.