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1 Planning for End of Life is Planning for Life: Quality Improvement and Research Data CollectionAnsari, Natasha2020End of life care is an essential part of the care of the patient. It not only is a continuation of the care of the patient we interact with as his or her disease gets worse, but also improves the quality of life for the patient's family once our patient passes away. Paladino, et al., (2019) state, "...
2 Evaluating Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) for Public Health ReportingWhite, Mason2020Public health reporting of communicable diseases is critical for the prevention, control, and monitoring of the spread of disease within a population. Information gathered from clinical systems and shared as public health case reports informs and justifies the actions a public health department may ...
3 Improving Interdisciplinary Communication Through Simulation for Mechanical Circulatory Support PatientsDavis, Kathryn2020Dr. Vincent T. Covello, the director of the Center for Risk Communication states that, "Stress and mental noise can reduce the ability to process information by up to 80%" (p. 34). The high stress nature and criticality of a patient requiring air medical transport cannot be understated. The transpor...
4 Integration of Acute Huntsman at Home™ into Emergency Care: A Systematic Implementation PlanHo, Nancy2020Home hospital is a home-based care model that delivers hospital-level services seen in an inpatient hospital setting. This care model has been used in several developed countries (i.e. Spain and Australia) with prior studies indicating that it may reduce cost, maintain quality and safety, and improv...
5 Analysis of Inpatient Falls to Improve Prevention StrategiesGaichuk, Alla2020Inpatient fall prevention is a patient safety goal for hospitals highlighted in government healthcare agencies' publications and explored by researchers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2019). The 2020 Hospital National Safety Goals include the most crucial factor for inpatient fa...
6 Chlorhexidine Gluconate BathingXiong, Mai See2020Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are the leading cause of life-threateningcomplications in the United States (Reagan et al., 2019). HAIs includes central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABI), catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), select surgical site infections (SSI), hosp...
7 Increasing Engagement & Understanding of Patient Reported OutcomesRoberts, Janine2020With the rise of clinical informatics, questionnaires (also called instruments) have been used to collect data straight from the source - from patients themselves (Porter, Larsson, & Lee, 2016). These measures are called Patient Reported Outcome Measures, or PROMs. PROMs are defined as any informati...
8 Patient Reported Outcomes and Impact of COVID-19Seely, James A.2020A significant indicator for quality of healthcare is how a patient personally reports the outcomes from the care received. These reports are Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs). Many studies have shown that PROs improve the quality of healthcare. PROs are important, not just because hospitals need Medi...
9 Advanced Directive Software Requirements Specification and Dashboard for UHealthWinter, Mykel2020Advanced care planning (ACP) has been linked to an increase in patient autonomy and the utilization of palliative care, while decreasing costly end of life treatment, hospitalization, family distress and decision-making burden (Carr & Luth, 2017; Detering & Silveira, 2018). One of the crucial compon...
10 Patient Safety Team: Near-Miss Medication Errors and Predicting Serious Safety EventsGashler, Alexis2020Medical errors remain a leading cause of death and poor patient outcomes during hospitalization in the United States (Oyebode, 2013; Rodziewicz & Hipskind, 2019). The Institute of Medicine reported that medical errors result in at least 7,000 deaths and cost 17-29 billion dollars annually (Oyebode,...
11 Better Outcomes Start with Better EducationIhler, Nikole2020Patients who are engaged with their health care, experience better health outcomes (Miller, 2016). " Better outcomes start with better education" (Customized Communications Inc, n.d., para 1). Prenatal education comes in a variety of forms. Multiple studies have shown that pregnant women are turnin...
12 Implementation of a Standard Process for Communicating DelaysFenton, Angie2020Patient satisfaction is an essential part of healthcare, which is measured by patient surveys (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2019). Patient satisfaction surveysallow consumers to investigate their healthcare options (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2019). Surveys impr...
13 Nursing Quality Dashboard: Development and ImplementationHummel, Dabney2020Dashboards are a tool that health care providers use to assess and analyze quality of patient care systems data in a visually appealing, user-friendly, and efficient way (Dowding et al., 2015; Olsha-Yehiav et al., 2006; Schall et al., 2017; Tan et al., 2013; Olsha-Yehiav et al., 2006). Dashboards pr...
14 Transition Planning for Youth with Special Health Care Needs in Utah's Foster Care SystemSalama, Isabelle2020Youth with Special Health Care Needs (YSHCN) between the ages of 16 to 23 years old coming out of the Utah foster care system often experience gaps in healthcare transition planning as a result of poor communication between team members, including case workers, educators, caregivers, medical provide...
15 Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Pathways for Urologic Surgeries: The Effect on Patient Satisfaction and Patient OutcomesMcLain, Ben L.2020Problem DescriptionOn the 34 bed, surgical-oncology, acute care unit at an academic research hospital, standardized care guidelines for postoperative patients are only used with three surgeries and two different surgical specialties. This causes variations in patient care and inconsistencies between...
16 Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Evaluation of Online Patient Resources in UtahWaldvogel, Jael2020Opioid use in pregnancy has increased at an alarming rate, mirroring the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our nation. Drug-related overdose deaths outnumber deaths from auto accidents in the United States (Krans & Patrick, 2016) and data from the Utah Perinatal Morality Review Committee found that d...
17 Solving the Change Within the Change: Ideas on How to Sustain Change in PracticeMonge, Cristina2020Introduction: Changes are inevitable. No matter where one works, it is an expected reality that change is part of the job. This is especially true within the field of healthcare. Medical and technological advances are constant, as well as procedure processes. The medical world is forever improving, ...
18 Integrating Community Health Workers (CHWs) Into a Health Plan SettingMedley, Shelly2020Health care has largely realized that it is nearly impossible to fully address health issues without addressing a person's social needs (Opthof, 2020). Evidence suggests that if health policies were to focus on addressing social and behavioral determinants of health, we would have better population...
19 Assessment of Merit-based Incentive Payment System Improvement ActivitiesZusi, Michael2020Pressure to improve quality of patient care and control costs is desired over the traditional volume driven fee-for-service reimbursement health care models (Squitieri, Bozic, & Pusic, 2017). Laws have been enacted to reward high performance Medicare clinicians and decrease payments to clinicians wh...
20 Evaluation Plan for Intermountain's TeleHealth Critical Care and Hospitalist Admission and Transfer Program (Quarterback Program)Anderson, Cynthia A.2020Current communication and information technologies allow one to connect and exchange information with a variety of people and systems instantaneously. While this can enrich lives socially, it also plays an integral role in the delivery of telehealth. The Office of the National Coordinator of Healt...
21 Preceptor and Staff Empowerment: A Quality Improvement ProjectBarno, Miriam2020There is an ever-growing need for youth mental health services in the state of Utah. The problem begins with the disparity that 40% of Utah's youth suffering from depression did not receive treatment (Summers, Meppen, & Ball, 2019). Subsequently, the overall national, non-population specific utili...
22 Development of a Tool to Assess and Optimize FlowsheetsThomas, Brandi2020Documentation is a written record produced by a clinician that includes the plan of care, the care provided to the patient throughout their shift, and the outcome of care. Documentation gives the care provider a foundation of information that can be used to determine outcomes as well as the patient'...
23 Pre-Implementation Assessment of a Death Reporting-on-FHIR Web ApplicationHerrmann, Jennifer2020In the United States,death information is derived from the death certification process.Each state maintains its own registration system that collects, validates, and archives deaths in their states (Tripp, Duncan, Finch, and Huff, 2015). Death certificates are a permanent legal record of death that ...
24 Evaluation and Optimization of an Inpatient Daily Cares FlowsheetJensen, Clayton2020Clinical documentation is one of the highest priorities of any clinician. Documentation is only second to the actual care of the patient and could be considered another dimension or extension of patient care (Andrews & St Aubyn, 2015). Ask any clinician about the importance of clinical documentation...
25 Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-Based InterventionsBlair, Ruth2013Sleep problems are especially common in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies estimate the prevalence of sleep to be 44%-83% for children with ASD compared with 32% of typically-developing children and 46% of children wit other developmental disabili...
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