What's New | January 16, 2013
Patient-Centered Hospital Design
Patient-centered hospital design can improve patient care and satisfaction, as well as quality of services, safety, and employee retention. Studies have found links between improved design and reductions in medication errors, patient falls, and hospital-acquired infections. Institutions are finding that patient-centered hospital design improves their bottom line at the same time that it raises patient satisfaction.
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The featured Innovations showcase efforts to implement patient-centered hospital design. One hospital used playful room design and distraction techniques to help pediatric patients through radiology treatments without sedation; a second used natural light, soft colors, plants, art, and music to help patients feel comfortable and heal faster. An infusion center based its patient-centered redesign on the results of a patient survey, which highlighted the need for more comfortable furniture; softer lighting; natural, warm wall colors; spacious and warm waiting areas; and happy, nature-inspired artwork.
The featured QualityTools provide guidance and the rationale for designing patient-centered hospitals and tools to help improve patient-centered care.
Also in This Issue:
Common Cause Analysis: A Hospital's Review of Vulnerabilities During Which Common Themes Are Identified, Prioritized, and Addressed
Coordinated Treatment and Support Enhance Access to Care for Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families
Educational Materials Enhance the Ability of New Parents To Understand and Cope With Infant Crying
Health Plan–Financed, Nurse-Led Care Coordination Improves Quality of Care and Reduces Costs for Latinos With Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities
Multifaceted Campaign Aimed at Obstetricians Increases Influenza Immunizations in Pregnant Patients
Multifaceted Program Featuring Guideline, Training, and Incentives Reduces Prescribing of High-Dose Opioid Therapy in Patients With Chronic Pain
Multihospital System Uses Proactive Screening, Algorithms, and Tools To Improve Sepsis Care, Leading to More Appropriate Care and Better Outcomes
Pediatrician-Led Program Increases Provision of Smoking Cessation Support, Boosts Quit Rates Among Parents
Specialty-Specific Medical Librarians Provide Quick Access to Evidence-Based Research, Leading to Reports of Improvements in Clinician Decisionmaking