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Stay on top of the latest information related to reducing preventable patient harm. Here you will find the latest news and noteworthy best practices from peer hospitals and others that continue to expand national progress toward better patient care, smarter healthcare spending, and healthier people.

  • Striving for Opioid Free Pain Control After Surgery

    Monday, June 3, 2019
    Thomas Mark, MD, works as an anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia at SUMMA Health System in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Mark recognized the need to transform the way pain was managed after surgery. Today, 80 percent of all hospital-wide cases are performed without the use of opioids to manage...

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  • Kaiser Permanente is an Inaugural Recipient of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Equity Award

    Monday, March 4, 2019
    Kaiser Permanente is an inaugural recipient of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Equity Award, which recognized the organization’s commitment to reducing and eliminating disparities in healthcare quality and access. As the foundation upon which to build its ability...

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  • Off the Back Campaign and Rock Jar Tool

    Monday, February 25, 2019
    San Antonio Regional Hospital is committed to evidence-based practices when it comes to patient care. With this commitment, San Antonio Regional Hospital looks at ways to engage staff members in order to reach their goal in reducing hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI). In 2018, they focused...

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  • Sharp Healthcare Blood Glucose Control

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Redesigning Meal Delivery and Insulin Administration to Improve Overall Blood Glucose (BG) Control Sharp Healthcare looked to redesign a hospital meal delivery process to shorten the time between BG monitoring and corresponding insulin administration that matched the percent of the meal eaten. In...

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  • Comprehensive Approach to Hand Hygiene

    Thursday, January 10, 2019
    Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California, is committed to providing patients with a safe and healing environment. Hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Achieving and sustaining high hand hygiene compliance has been identified as a core organization-wide quality...

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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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