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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 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...
3 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...
4 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...
5 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,...
6 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...
7 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...
8 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...
9 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...
10 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...
11 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...
12 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, ...
13 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...
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