Patient Outcomes Associated With Delayed Rapid Response System Activation: A Retrospective Comparative Study, 2019 University of San Diego
Patient Outcomes Associated With Delayed Rapid Response System Activation: A Retrospective Comparative Study, Ricardo Padilla
Purpose: The purpose of the dissertation study was to determine the difference in survival and length of stay (LOS) between patients who experienced a delay in Rapid Response System (RRS) activation and those patients who had no delay.
Rationale: There is evidence to support that the RRS is often not activated in a timely manner potentially leading to negative patient outcomes.
Background: Delaying treatment for in-hospital clinical deterioration has been associated with Serious Adverse Events (SAEs), including increased mortality, protracted LOS during hospitalization, and significant increased financial costs. The RRS was created as a hospital-wide approach to prevent SAEs; however ...
Stroke Clinical Order Pathway Education (Scope) For Apns, 2018 Seton Hall University
Stroke Clinical Order Pathway Education (Scope) For Apns, Varsha Singh
Seton Hall University DNP Final Projects
More than 795,000 American adults have a stroke annually. About 610,000 are first or new strokes. Almost 140,000 Americans of all ages die of a stroke every year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2017). Stroke requires emergent treatment and an exact clinical order pathway to ensure better patient outcomes and compliance with the standards of care defined by regulatory bodies such as the Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While stroke management teams often include an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), there is a lack of a standardized protocol across ...
Intervention For Patients Intubated And Conscious To Decrease Peritraumatic Distress (Ipic-Ptd) – Acceptability And Feasibility, 2018 École des sciences infirmières, Université de Sherbrooke
Intervention For Patients Intubated And Conscious To Decrease Peritraumatic Distress (Ipic-Ptd) – Acceptability And Feasibility, Emilie Gosselin, Céline Gélinas, Patricia Bourgault, Stéphan Lavoie
Science of Nursing and Health Practices - Science infirmière et pratiques en santé
Introduction. Keeping patients conscious while mechanically ventilated in intensive care has been shown to improve physical health but also to potentially cause peritraumatic distress and posttraumatic stress disorder. Risk factors for onset of psychological consequences in this population include bothersome symptoms, such as anxiety, delirium, pain, and sleep alteration. Objective. The objective of this study was to describe the acceptability and feasibility of a nursing intervention to prevent onset of peritraumatic distress and post-traumatic stress disorder in conscious intubated patients in intensive care unit by decreasing their bothersome symptoms. Methods. A descriptive design was used to document the perspective of ...
Keep The Beat With Heart Failure Education: A Quality Improvement Project, 2018 University of San Francisco
Keep The Beat With Heart Failure Education: A Quality Improvement Project, Brenda L. Peterson
Master's Projects and Capstones
Problem: Heart failure (HF), also known as congestive heart failure (CHF), is the number one diagnosis-related group (DRG) for people 65 years of age and older in the United States. This disease group is complicated and debilitating, requiring frequent hospitalizations with high mortality rates. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has identified CHF as an area for improvement in hospitals.
Context: This was a quality improvement project for an integrated medical center in the Central Valley, California with over 19,000 HF patients. In 2018, for patients 65 years and older, HF is the third-most admitted ...
Increasing Bedside Medication Safety In An Intensive Care Setting, 2018 Maine Medical Center
Increasing Bedside Medication Safety In An Intensive Care Setting, Natasha Stankiewicz, Jonathan Archibald, Scu 2, Mark Parker, Stephen Tyzik, Suneela Nayak, Ruth Hanselman, Amy Sparks
A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR INCREASED BEDSIDE MEDICATION SAFETY
The convenience of having certain medications directly available at bedside has long been a priority for a medical intensive care nursing team in an academic tertiary medical center.
However, it was apparent to new staff and leadership that there was a lack of awareness and interest in securing medications within the department. This posed a risk to patients, families, visitors and colleagues.
Baseline metrics on patient safety were collected and a root cause analysis was conducted. Countermeasures included increased education of medication safety as well as a instituting a KPI which ...
Consistently Using A Transportation Department For Patient Discharge To Sustain Nursing Staffing Levels, 2018 Maine Medical Center
Consistently Using A Transportation Department For Patient Discharge To Sustain Nursing Staffing Levels, Victoria Boutin, Joseph East, Stephen Tyzik, Joy Moody, Mark Parker, Suneela Nayak, Ruth Hanselman, Amy Sparks
IMPROVING PATIENT FLOW BY UTILIZING A HOSPITAL TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT FOR DISCHARGES
Using a transportation department for transporting patients for discharge is the industry standard. At a large urban hospital, inconsistent use of this department has resulted in frontline caregivers (RNs) having to pick up this function, resulting in potentially unsafe staffing levels on the floor.
The goal of this quality improvement project was to improve the percent of discharges with the transport department from ≤10% to 70% by the end is fiscal year 2018 in an academic tertiary medical center.
Baseline metrics demonstrated the current state and a root cause ...
Improving Revenue Capture And Patient Safety In An Icu Setting, 2018 Maine Medical Center
Improving Revenue Capture And Patient Safety In An Icu Setting, Natasha Stankiewicz, Laura Lewis, Jonathan Archibald, Scu 2, Scu 3, Scu 4, Mark Parker, Suneela Nayak, Stephen Tyzik, Ruth Hanselman, Amy Sparks
IMPROVING REVENUE CAPTURE AND PATIENT SAEFTY IN AN INTENSIVE CARE SETTING
Materials management department is responsible for restocking chargeable supplies in an intensive care unit (ICU) at an academic tertiary medical center. Staff confusion as to what items were considered chargeable often led to low supply par levels resulting in delays of critical patient care.
Using baseline metrics, a team of caregivers created several performance improvement goals to increase nursing compliance with appropriate supply charging. The results of a root cause analysis spearheaded the development of a KPI that encompassed staff education, lost charge tracking and charge supply labeling.
Strategies To Improve Resource Availability For New Graduate Nurses In A Critical Care Setting, 2018 Maine Medical Center
Strategies To Improve Resource Availability For New Graduate Nurses In A Critical Care Setting, Natasha Stankiewicz, Jonathan Archibald, Shawn Taylor, Deborah Jackson, Bonnie Boivin, Scu 2, Scu 3, Scu 4, Endoscopy, Radcu, Mark Parker, Suneela Nayak, Stephen Tyzik, Ruth Hanselman, Amy Sparks
STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE RESOURCE AVAILABILITY FOR NEW GRADUATE NURSES
Due to changes in the employment arena, health care organizations are hiring new graduate RNs into acute care. At an academic tertiary medical center, new hires typically are assigned into a night shift, which traditionally has less resource availability.
The results of a recent AHRQ hospital survey on patient culture safety demonstrated that new graduates were feeling unsupported and that patient safety could be potentially compromised. A team of caregivers developed several goals to provide increased support, encouragement and education to night shift new hires. Improvement in overall patient care and ...
Strategies To Increase Early Discharges To Reduce Avoidable Patient Days And Improve Patient Flow, 2018 Maine Medical Center
Strategies To Increase Early Discharges To Reduce Avoidable Patient Days And Improve Patient Flow, Cathy Palleschi, Cecilia Inman, Erica Weightman, James B. Powers, Stephen Tyzik, Joy Moody, Mark Parker, Suneela Nayak, Ruth Hanselman, Amy Sparks
CREATING ALGORITHMS TO INCREASE THE NUMBERS OF HOSPITAL MORNING DISCHARGES RESULTING IN IMPROVED PATIENT FLOW
Discharging a percentage of patients early in the day helps to improve patient flow. This results in a reduction of Emergency Department congestion as well as peaks in patient numbers in the early to late afternoon on patient care units.
A cardiac unit in an academic tertiary medical center created a goal to increase the number of their discharges by 11 AM and to streamline key discharge planning activities. A root cause analysis was initiated and after identifying several barriers, two KPIs were developed using ...
Strategies To Increase Early Discharges To Decrease Hospital Length Of Stay And Avoidable Patient Days For Neuro-Spine Patients, Corey Fravert, R6, Trauma Team, Rehab Medicine, Neurosurgery, Joy Moody, Mark Parker, Suneela Nayak, Stephen Tyzik, Ruth Hanselman, Amy Sparks
STRATEGIES TO INCREASE MORNING DISCHARGES IN AN ACADEMIC TERTIARY HOSPITAL
Delays in patient discharge result in numerous negative impacts on the health care system. Amongst those are a reduced patient flow and satisfaction, long wait times, and physician/ staff frustration.
An inpatient neurotrauma unit initiated a performance improvement project that utilized a multidisciplinary approach to identify barriers to discharge and coordinate a discharge plan focused on neurospine patients.
A root cause analysis was conducted to collect reasons that these patients were not discharged by 11:00am. As a result of the findings, 4 performance improvement plans were created. Subsequent data ...
Improving The Practice Model In A Military Clinic, 2018 Liberty University
Improving The Practice Model In A Military Clinic, Kristina Marie Zuccarelli
Doctoral Dissertations and Projects
Military members and their families face numerous stressors due to the unique lifestyle of this career (Lester, 2011). The occupational impact on these members creates a highly stressful and physically demanding environment with low morale, chronic medical complaints, and poor mental health for these individuals. This project incorporated the current patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model and fused it with the operational medical model for all the active duty members in this unit. The combination of models allowed the provider to have a better understanding of the population’s needs. By embedding in the units, the provider developed a team approach ...
Continuous Epidural Analgesia For Postoperative Pain Management: A Policy Analysis, 2018 The University of Southern Mississippi
Continuous Epidural Analgesia For Postoperative Pain Management: A Policy Analysis, Madison Nowell
Postoperative pain management is a necessary component of the care of every surgical patient. Epidural analgesia is a widely used method to provide excellent postoperative pain relief and enhance postoperative recovery (Sawhney, 2012). Epidural analgesia is associated with fewer side effects than alternative pain management techniques; however, when epidural catheters are managed improperly, or pain is inadequately assessed, epidural analgesia fails to provide adequate pain relief (Deni et al., 2016). More than 80% of surgical patients experience moderate to severe postoperative pain, and 28 to 50% of these patients have a pain score greater than 6 out of 10 at ...
Improving Analgesia Administration For Pediatric Patients In A Rural Emergency Department, 2018 The University of San Francisco
Improving Analgesia Administration For Pediatric Patients In A Rural Emergency Department, Alvin R. Walters
DNP Qualifying Manuscripts
When a child is in pain, parents often seek out treatment at an emergency department. After a detailed chart review it was determined that only 32.53% of the pediatric patients who present to a rural, northern California, ED in pain receive any documented form of analgesia during their time in the ED. A review of the literature revealed that triage nurse-initiated protocols can successfully manage to provide consistent and efficient analgesia to patients who present to an ED with pain. Therefore, a practice improvement project was undertaken to increase of the consistency and efficiency of analgesia administration for pediatric ...
1600 Rn, 2018 Maine Medical Center
1600 Rn, Jonathan Archibald, Natasha Stankiewicz, Mark Parker, Elizabeth Ridel-Dermanelian, Sandy Ridel-Dermanelian, Amy Stafford, Shawn Taylor, Deb Jackson, Alana Trottier, Roger Maynard, Bonnie Boivin
Maine Medical Center
Due to a changing employment arena, healthcare organizations are hiring more new graduate RNs into acute care units. MMC’s usual process is to put new hires into night shift. Historically, night shifts have less resource availability. These combined factors left staff feeling unsupported; patient care could be compromised when less support is available to those in the beginning of their careers.
The Effects Of Depression On Medication Compliance And Patient Outcome In Heart Failure, 2018 DePaul University
The Effects Of Depression On Medication Compliance And Patient Outcome In Heart Failure, Jordan Rogers
Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium
Background: Heart failure affects 6.5 million people in the United States and depression occurs in approximately 20-50% of heart failure patients. Depression can lead to complications and increased mortality, so it is necessary to examine the effect of depression on heart failure patients.
Objective: To investigate how depression in heart failure patients affects medication adherence and patient outcomes.
Methods: An integrative literature review was completed by searching databases: CINAHL, PubMed, and PsycInfo. Search terms included: heart failure, depression, medication adherence or compliance, anxiety, and outcomes. Studies included had to be published between 2012 and 2018 and available in ...
Advance Alert Monitor, 2018 The University of San Francisco
Advance Alert Monitor, Liesel Buchner
Master's Projects and Capstones
Problem: The acute deterioration of patients outside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are safety and quality concerns. Studies have shown that these deteriorations are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. This study aims to standardize the Rapid Response Team (RRT) nurse documentation in response to an Advanced Alert Monitor (AAM) alert, as at baseline no such alert nor standardized response and documentation exist.
Context: Hospitals are continually challenged to innovate and create systems that can track multiple parameters and identify at-risk patients earlier on. An Early Warning System (EWS) in combination with a RRT significantly reduces patients’ potential for clinical ...
Reducing Patient Harm From Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections: A Quality Improvement Project, 2018 The University of San Francisco
Reducing Patient Harm From Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections: A Quality Improvement Project, Grace Cooper
Master's Projects and Capstones
Problem: The Institute of Medicine’s seminal report on patient safety, To Err Is Human led to widespread effort to improve the safety of patients. Healthcare-associated safety problems, which include healthcare-associated infection (HAI), account for far more considerable morbidity and mortality than “never events”. The first harm to be addressed as part of the “No Preventable Harms” campaign was catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).
Context: The microsystem is a 20-bed mixed medical surgical intensive care unit. Unit assessment at the beginning of the quality project indicated that there were 2 CAUTIs attributed to the unit in a span of ...
Improving Communication In A Virtual Team: A Quality Improvement Project, 2018 The University of San Francisco
Improving Communication In A Virtual Team: A Quality Improvement Project, Deepali Addagarla
Master's Projects and Capstones
Problem: Data analysis based on two surveys revealed team communication, interdependence, technology interfaces, and integration as the quality gaps in the Virtual Surveillance Team. When compared with traditional in-person teams, a virtual working team faces different types of communication challenges.
Context: The virtual surveillance team in the regional quality department at Oakland monitors both Advance Alert Monitor (AAM), a statistical model developed by the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Division of Research (DOR) that is used to predict an individual’s likelihood of deterioration, and eHospital care gaps for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Northern California (KFH, NCAL). The latest evaluation from DOR ...
Improving The Care For Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients, 2018 The University of San Francisco
Improving The Care For Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients, Hermelinda Gonzalez Rivero
Master's Projects and Capstones
Problem: Decreasing the time to assess acute ischemic stroke patients impacts the patients’ well-being. The clinical benefit of intravenous Alteplase for ischemic stroke patients results in better outcomes. Intravenous thrombolysis success is dependent on narrowing time to treat (Fonarow et al., 2014). Decreasing the time to intravenous thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke patients augments the ability of patients to improve the quality of life by minimizing disability and improving health outcomes (Speirs & Mitchell, 2015).
Context: The microsystem chosen for this evidence-based change of practice project change takes place in the Northern California emergency department (ED). The ED provides care ...
Improve Effectiveness In Trauma Teamwork, 2018 The University of San Francisco
Improve Effectiveness In Trauma Teamwork, Ginger Miramontes
Master's Projects and Capstones
On average, each Ventilator-Associated Event (VAE) is anticipated to increase the length of stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), resulting in potential adverse events and cost to the organization. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines VAE as the increase of daily minimum positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) and fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) values, after a baseline period of patient stability or improvement on the ventilator (CDC, 2018). Standard endotracheal tube designs have led to the incidence of VAE because of the accumulation of subglottic secretions in the trachea. Untreated VAE can later result in Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP ...