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1 Adaptation of the Mayo Clinic's HABIT Program to a Virtual PlatformRobinson, Allegra2021Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered a decline in cognitive function beyond normal aging that is less debilitating than dementia and does not yet significantly impair daily function (Jongsiriyanyong & Limpawattana, 2018; Sanford, 2017). Dementia occurs when there is both cognitive impairmen...
2 Bedside Shift Report - Improving Communication, Patient Safety and Patient Satisfaction on a Medical-Surgical UnitListon, Brooke2022The leadership team on this medical-surgical unit identified that despite previous education and identifying bedside shift reports (BSR) as best practice, the medical-surgical team was not frequently performing BSR. According to the internal Press Ganey reports, 41.67% of patients reported "usually"...
3 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...
4 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...
5 Clinical Narratives: An EBP-QI ProjectWard, Nicole2021It has long been understood that empathy, interprofessional teamwork, and a strong sense of community within the workplace are all components of an effective health care team (Hojat et al., 2015). These characteristics work together to improve the patient experience, which ultimately can have a posi...
6 Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Bedside Shift Report on Nurse Communication and Patient SatisfactionKotobalavu, Cassidy2021The nursing shift change report is an essential component of nursing practice that allows for the exchange of relevant patient information from one professional to another (Sherman et al., 2013). Report is the transfer of responsibility, accountability and authority for a patient and their care from...
7 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...
8 Health Care Liaison Role Creation for Utah's Juvenile Justice SystemBradford, Kathleen2021The Juvenile Justice System (JJS) provides a system of rehabilitation and interventions for adolescents accused of committing a delinquent or criminal act (Youth.Gov, n.d.). The Utah Division of JJS provides a variety of interventions and programs to promote rehabilitation opportunities for youth o...
9 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...
10 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...
11 Improving Patient Education Efficacy in Same-day SurgeryCox, Hannah2021With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare world has changed a great deal. Hospitals and health systems have sought ways to both reduce community transmission of the coronavirus while maintaining normal operations. In an area such as surgical services, a significant source of revenue for a ...
12 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...
13 Insulin and Diabetes Education: An Intervention to Decrease Medication ErrorsHill, Jordan2022Nursing professional development practitioners (NPDPs) at an academic hospital brought attention to insulin administration errors on the intensive care units, women's specialty units, and acute care floors. This project aims to decrease insulin administration errors at this academic hospital. The ob...
14 Investigating the Impact of a Shared Patient-Staff Educational Tool on Heart Failure and Fluid Restriction in a Cardiovascular Care UnitRodriguez, Anna M.2021When HF is inadequately managed, it can lead to worse health outcomes for patients and increased costs due to associated comorbidities and hospital readmissions (Buja et al., 2016; Kwok et al., 2020; Lahewala et al., 2019). Frequent hospital admissions can significantly disrupt the lives of HF patie...
15 Magnet Hospital Recognition Program Gap Analysis for the University of Utah Gap AnalysisChavez-England, Jesika2022University of Utah Health has decided to consider the pursuit of Magnet accreditation as of December 2021 (S. Taylor, personal communication, December 7, 2021). The first step in the Magnet accreditation journey is conducting a gap analysis (Drenkard, 2010; Graystone, 2018b). Therefore, the specific...
16 Nurse-Led Sexual Health Interventions in the Care of Women with Cancers Affecting the Female Reproductive System (Gynecologic & Breast Malignancies)Ekpoma, Victoria2021The pathology, disease process and treatment options/modalities in the management of cancers affecting the female reproductive system (CAFRS), which includes gynecologic cancers (uterine, ovarian, cervical and vaginal malignancies) as well as breast cancers, have been widely shown to adversely affec...
17 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...
18 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...
19 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,...
20 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, "...
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 Preprocedural Patient Education and Improving Patient Outcomes and SatisfactionParker, Tesla A.2021With an increasing number of surgical and outpatient procedures being performed in the United States each year, positive patient outcomes and experiences are more important than ever before. Ensuring positive outcomes for all parties involved needs to begin prior to patients even reaching the hospit...
23 Promoting Preceptor Preparation: A QI Project to Better Intern and Patient OutcomesMathews, Kiara2021It was observed by staff on a surgical services unit that new interns were often being precepted by registered nurses (RNs) who had just graduated from the nursing internship program themselves (M. Weller, personal communication, January 26, 2021). It was also found that many nurses taking on the ro...
24 Quality Improvement on Continuous Intravenous Heparin Administration: Closing the Nursing Knowledge Gap to Reduce Medication Errors; NomogramsNelson, Kylee2021Anticoagulants are considered a high-alert or a high-risk medication (D'Souza et al., 2019; Johnson et al., 2018; Kindelin et al., 2020; Oertel & Heparin Consensus Group, 2004). This is due to their narrow therapeutic index and the "ability to cause significant patient harm or death" ...
25 Social Needs Screening in the Emergency Department: Workflow Analysis and Creating EducationBadgerow, Alaina2021Healthy People 2020 emphasizes the need to develop and transform environments, both socially and physically that improve health for everyone as one of the four main goals for the upcoming decade (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2020). This focus demonstrates the need to look at th...
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