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  • The Readmission Reduction "Get-Stuff-Done" Approach

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018
    Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, shares its readmission reduction "get-stuff-done" approach. Covenant Medical Center has coined a "get-stuff-done" (GSD) approach which focuses attention to the standard transition-of-care components of employing the multidisciplinary team to facilitate...

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  • The Transition-of-Care Team Model Overview

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Covenant Plainview Hospital in Plainview, Texas, employs a transition-of-care team model to prevent readmissions in high-risk patients by: Having created a risk assessment, performed daily to identify patients at highest risk for readmission. Ensuring bedside nurses follow patients after...

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  • Multimodal Analgesia in the Surgical Population

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    Multimodal analgesia is defined as using two or more medications and/or techniques to achieve two important patient outcomes—adequate pain control and minimized patient risk. The single biggest benefit to the patient through the use of multimodal analgesia is the ability to limit the patient’s...

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  • Effective Disinfection of Clostridium difficile Contaminant

    Friday, October 5, 2018
    While appropriate testing for the Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) contaminant is a critical component of hospital-acquired CDI (HACDI) identification, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH) and Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) have established a best practice on the proper cleaning and...

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  • Pressure Injury Prevention in an Acute Care Hospital

    Monday, October 1, 2018
    Pressure injuries can occur at any point during a patient’s stay in an acute care hospital. Due to the pervasive risk of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI), Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has focused extensive resources to preventing these adverse events from occurring while our...

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  • Multidisciplinary Teamwork Leads to Successful Sepsis Care

    Tuesday, September 4, 2018
    Barton Healthcare System in South Lake Tahoe, California, shares its Sepsis (SEP-1) performance improvement implementation strategy. Prior to implementation of the Sep-1 Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock measure, Barton Health started to prepare its staff members by first auditing...

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  • Sustaining Improvements With Falls

    Monday, August 6, 2018
    At Inter-Community Hospital in Covina, California, patients are continually assessed for identifiable fall risk factors during admission and placed on appropriate intervention strategies. A review of the latest evidence-based practice in fall prevention did not identify any missing components of...

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  • Class is in Session! Falls University: A Key Strategy in Sustaining an Effective Falls Prevention Program

    Friday, July 27, 2018
    Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Central California, underwent a falls prevention program redesign in 2013. The work of Patricia Quigley, PhD, RN, served as the framework for the redesign. Outcomes data were analyzed in an effort to identify unit-level and organizational opportunities for...

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  • Engaging First Responders in Early Sepsis Identification

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    Engaging first responders in early sepsis identification working to improve health outcomes in patients diagnosed with sepsis has extended beyond the walls of Covenant Hospital Levelland, a Providence St. Joseph Health Hospital in Texas. Research indicates that reduced sepsis mortality is...

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  • Ventilator-Associated Event Harm Prevention Is a Team Support

    Monday, July 9, 2018
    Oak Valley Hospital District in Oakdale, California, has created strategies to help prevent ventilator-associated events (VAEs). Preventing harm to patients is everyone’s responsibility. This approach is very evident in the strategy for conducting surveillance and eliminating VAEs. This...

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