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1 Improving Nurse Managed Wound Care in Urgent CareGrange, Angela2019Frequent follow-up visits for wound care due to substandard nurse-managed wound care in urgent care settings has been attributed to a lack of education and standardization of care. The purpose of this project was to improve knowledge and increase confidence in nurses who provide wound care in the ta...
2 Standardizing the Content of Nursing Shift-To-Shift Report to Improve the Quality of Communication Among Healthcare Providers on an Inpatient Psychiatric UnitFitzwilliam, Julie2019Introduction: Nurse-to-nurse shift handoffs are highly vulnerable to communication failures that can threaten patient safety and continuity of care. Nurses working in various settings recognize this gap and report low satisfaction with shift handoff communication, but evidence to guide quality impro...
3 Palliative Care Utilization and Advance Care Planning in End-Stage Liver Disease: A Quality Improvement ProjectFreudenberg, Anna2019Problem: Patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD) have high mortality, symptom burden, and healthcare utilization. Palliative care and advance care planning support patients' healthcare goals, improve quality of life, and decrease healthcare costs; however, utilization of these services are ofte...
4 Flight Paramedics Can Safely Administer Blood Products to Trauma Patients: Decreasing the Time to Blood Administration Improves Patient OutcomesFoley, Jenifer2019Background and Objectives Early administration of blood products to trauma patients in the prehospital setting is associated with improved outcomes. Paramedics are vital components of many flight teams but do not receive education on blood administration in their education track. The literature indi...
5 Improving Patient Safety: Decreasing NSAID Adverse Effects by Educating Providers About Appropriate NSAID Prescribing PracticesFialkowski, Kara2019Background: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the most widely used analgesics prescribed by primary care providers (Brattwall, Turan, & Jackobson, 2010). Use of NSAIDs increase patient risk for cardiovascular events and gastrointestinal bleeding. These risks are increased with...
6 Increasing Awareness of Mental Health Stigma Among Acute Care NursesFalor, Erin Ellsworth2019Mental illness is an increasingly prevalent health concern with 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiencing some form of mental illness each year. Stigma is often associated with mental illness and creates a barrier for attaining quality care and it can negatively impact readmission and recovery...
7 Increasing the Number of Umbilical Cord Blood and Stem Cell DonationsCurtis, Tessa2019Nearly 95% of all stem cells from umbilical cords and placentas from live births become medical waste. There is a need for this type of stem cell for research and a variety of established and experimental treatments. The purpose of this project was to increase the number of umbilical cord blood stem...
8 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in Behavioral Health Access Centers: A Collaborative Staffing ModelDiamond, Alex2019Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide (Miller et al., 2017). In general, hospital emergency departments (ED) are seeing increases in visits for behavioral health reasons (Cooke, 2017). To free up ED resources for more timely treatment of critical care patients, hospitals have begun opening b...
9 Validation for Newly Implemented Electronic Medical Record Chemotherapy Power PlansEckersley, Amanda2019Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) were made with the intention of increasing patient safety and improving the quality of care one receives. Unfortunately, this has not been the case with Electronic Medical Records. The EMR actually increases the risk of medical errors in the first two years after im...
10 Increasing Dementia Training in Long-Term Care: A Person-Centered, Non-Pharmacological ApproachEarnest, Aubree M.2019Background: Approximately 64% of residents living in long-term care (LTC) settings have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Many will exhibit challenging behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) such as agitation, wandering, anxiety, and delusions. Highly t...
11 Increasing Early Identification and Reporting of Condition Changes in Post-Acute Long-Term CareCoulum, Benjamin G.2019Background: Potentially avoidable hospitalizations (PAH) in post-acute long-term care (PALTC) settings contribute to increased morbidity and mortality of older adults. Previous quality improvement research and projects have led to the creation of programs and tools that have been successful at reduc...
12 Timely Antibiotics Administration: Impact of Clinical Process on Barriers Delaying Time to Antibiotic Administration in Septic NICU PatientsCollier, Ntatalie2019A retrospective chart review identifying potential barriers to timely antibiotic administration was performed on 51 individual patients who presented with clinical sepsis in 2017- 2018. Prior to the education and implementation of the clinical process in Fall 2018, a survey was conducted to obtain a...
13 The Effects of a Postpartum Hemorrhage Checklist on Provider Self-EfficacyCrowther, Shawn2019The United States has seen an increase in postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) rates in recent years from 2.3% (n = 85,954) to 2.9% (n = 124,708). In an effort to reduce the incidence of PPH, checklists are being used with increased frequency in many hospitals in the United States and worldwide. The purpose ...
14 Improving Postpartum Hemorrhage Management in a Rural SettingDuBois, Jackie2019The leading cause of maternal death worldwide is postpartum hemorrhage, followed by hypertensive disorders, infection, complications with delivery, and unsafe abortions. Globally, hundreds of women die every day in childbirth due to these causes, and in 2015, there were 45,000 maternal deaths in Ind...
15 Improving Oral Health For Underinsured Women At First Prenatal VisitCobrand, Phillip C.2019BACKGROUND: Periodontal disease contributes to gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm labor, and low birth weight in pregnancy. Women with low socioeconomic status often lack access to dental services and have low dental health literacy and practice. Dental treatment is safe during pregnancy an...
16 Evaluation of the Experience of the Hotspotting Program on Complex Care Individuals in Salt Lake CountyCochrane, Ryan K.2019Healthcare costs are exceedingly high and continue to rise in the United States. Individuals with complex care needs are the most vulnerable to utilizing healthcare services that are inefficient and ineffective. The Camden Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Model was applied to identified complex...
17 A QI Initiative to Improve Mental Health Outcomes of Juvenile Offenders in UtahButler, Tonya M.2019Problem: The juvenile justice system was established to increase the rehabilitative potential of the court system and prepare youth offenders for re-entry into the community. Legislative changes in recent decades have resulted in increasing numbers of youth being committed to adult prisons. A review...
18 Improving Accurate Use and Evaluating Efficacy of a Neonatal Sepsis Screening ToolElliott, Elizabeth2019Problem: Non-compliant and inaccurate use of a neonatal sepsis screening tool has hindered statistical validation and dissemination of this neonatal early warning system. The purpose of this project was to improve compliant and accurate use of this screening tool, then evaluate the tool's efficacy i...
19 An Initiative to Improve the Mobility of the Critically Ill: A Nurse-Driven ProtocolElmer, Chantelle; Child, Clinton2019Problem/Background: More than 6 million Americans have a stay in the ICU each year frequently leading to prolonged bedrest and immobility. Research indicates that mobility is the single most important variable in maintaining and preserving short and long term physical function, yet often it's placed...
20 Improving Transition Planning in Adolescent Psychiatric Care to Enhance Mental Health OutcomesFreund-Begley, Kelli2019Background: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate the current transition planning process in an adolescent psychiatric day treatment program in Utah and develop recommendations to improve transitions to outpatient care. Adolescents experience mental health disorders and rec...
21 Implementing a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Graduate Group to Improve Knowledge of DBT SkillsLeggett, Sarah C.2019Problem. Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) struggle to strengthen and generalize coping skills after completing a 7-month dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills group. A formal process addressing how to increase knowledge of DBT skills after completing this group is lacking. Met...
22 Improving Midwifery Care for Women Experiencing Pregnancy Loss: A Clinical GuidelineLawson, Jamie L.2019Pregnancy loss is a common occurrence and has profound, long-term psychological, physical, social and financial impacts on women and their families. Women report negative experiences with healthcare providers during management of pregnancy loss, including confusing information, inappropriate languag...
23 The Development of a Diabetes Toolkit for Latino Adults with Type 2 Diabetes MellitusLewis, Erika2019This paper discusses a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) project conducted at two Latino community clinics-Consultorio Medico Hispano (CMH)-in metro Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of this project was to address the problem of culturally relevant resources for the Spanish-speaking adult population w...
24 Evaluation and Management of Neuropathy: A Guide for Primary Care ProvidersKuhn, Cassie J.2019Patients with neuropathic symptoms often seek initial evaluation in primary care. Primary care providers face challenges in evaluating and managing neuropathic symptoms; subsequently, patients with neuropathic symptoms may be underdiagnosed or undermanaged. Current existing treatment guidelines lack...
25 Improving Type II Workplace Violence Prevention in the Outpatient Free Clinic SettingLo, Brittany A.2019From 2011-2013, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that approximately 75% of 25,000 workplace violence (WPV) events occurred in healthcare and social service settings. Most research addressing WPV in healthcare has focused on inpatient hospital settings and there is a paucity of information...
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