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Ultrasound Guided Piv Insertion Implementation, Blake Hotchkiss, Beth O'Donnell, Miles Merwin, Billie Jo Senecal, Ronica Smith, Eric Alan, Bryan Tavary, Chelsea Harkins, Taylor Archard, Leslie Geissinger, Lauren Remington 2024 MaineHealth - Franklin

Ultrasound Guided Piv Insertion Implementation, Blake Hotchkiss, Beth O'Donnell, Miles Merwin, Billie Jo Senecal, Ronica Smith, Eric Alan, Bryan Tavary, Chelsea Harkins, Taylor Archard, Leslie Geissinger, Lauren Remington

Operations Transformation

Observed high number of unsuccessful peripheral IV insertion attempts. This increases waste (cost and time) and decreases patient satisfaction.


Mainehealth Medical Group Report Inventory, Holly Ward, Robin Lozinski, Stephanie Lepine, Shawn McGlaughlin White, Tracey Shaw, Sheila Adell 2024 MaineHealth

Mainehealth Medical Group Report Inventory, Holly Ward, Robin Lozinski, Stephanie Lepine, Shawn Mcglaughlin White, Tracey Shaw, Sheila Adell

Operations Transformation

Variation of Epic Quality Reports being used across MHMG following the merge of Coastal, Mountain and Southern region quality departments resulting in inconsistent workflows and processes. This can lead to inconsistent care and outcomes of Quality Data we report.


Perception And Factors Associated With Patient Safety Culture In An Academic University Hospital In Palestine, Loai M. Zabin 2024 Nursing Department, An-Najah National University Hospital, Nablus, Palestine. & Faculty of Graduate Studies, Arab American University, Jenin, Palestine.

Perception And Factors Associated With Patient Safety Culture In An Academic University Hospital In Palestine, Loai M. Zabin

Palestinian Medical and Pharmaceutical Journal

Background: Patient safety culture plays a pivotal role in enhancing care quality, preventing errors, promoting clinical outcomes, and reducing healthcare costs. It also helps minimize adverse events, increasing patient safety, and elevating the quality of medical care provided. This study aims to evaluate the perception of patient safety culture within a university hospital. It aims to examine the correlation between the demographic and workplace characteristics of the staff and their perceptions of patient safety culture. Methods: A quantitative cross-sectional study design was employed for this study. The Arabic version of the Hospital Survey of Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC) v2.0 was …


Honoring Veterans’ Wishes: Efficacy Of An Evidence-Based Shared Decision-Making Tool In Va Icu Goals-Of-Care Discussions, Stephanie Alexander, Anna Astashchanka MD, Venktesh Ramnath MD 2024 University of San Diego

Honoring Veterans’ Wishes: Efficacy Of An Evidence-Based Shared Decision-Making Tool In Va Icu Goals-Of-Care Discussions, Stephanie Alexander, Anna Astashchanka Md, Venktesh Ramnath Md

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

Abstract

Introduction: This Doctor of Nursing Practice project aimed to enhance the knowledge and confidence of the San Diego Veterans Health Administration’s (VASD) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) medical providers in goals-of-care discussions (GOCD). Additionally, this project aimed to improve the documentation of these discussions.

Background: Delays in GOCD can lead to futile medical and surgical interventions, inappropriate antibiotic use, and higher rates of mental health conditions in patients and their loved ones. Earlier GOCD are associated with lower ventilation and resuscitation rates, earlier hospice enrollment, reduced ICU admissions, lower financial costs, and better patient and caregiver quality of life. However, …


Improving The Utilization Of Lunch Breaks For Nursing Staff, Norma Dawson, Kelsey Robinson, Bridget Miller, Deborah Monck, Beth Kessler 2024 MaineHealth - LincolnHealth

Improving The Utilization Of Lunch Breaks For Nursing Staff, Norma Dawson, Kelsey Robinson, Bridget Miller, Deborah Monck, Beth Kessler

Operations Transformation

The Med-Surg Unit at LincolnHealth has a high number of nursing staff missing lunch breaks, despite encouragement and existing efforts to promote taking breaks. In addition, there are many instances where staff are not accounting for the breaks they have taken on their time sheets.


Mainehealth Cancer Care Network Ticket Intake Process, Lauren Couture, Brett Cropp, Gavin Carr, Ashok Kunche, Heather Boulier, Evelyn Taylor 2024 MaineHealth

Mainehealth Cancer Care Network Ticket Intake Process, Lauren Couture, Brett Cropp, Gavin Carr, Ashok Kunche, Heather Boulier, Evelyn Taylor

Operations Transformation

The MaineHealth Cancer Care Network informatics team is manually submitting most reporting tickets for oncology customers. The current intake ticket process includes various communication channels to the business intelligence developers [BID] when a reporting need is identified resulting in workflow deficiencies and redundancies. As of FY23, MaineHealth has moved to a new ticket reporting system called ServiceHub which includes new customer self-service tools that have not yet been utilized.


Creating Capacity To Accommodate Additional Cardiac Catheterization Procedures, Kristin Anthony 2024 Mid Coast Hospital

Creating Capacity To Accommodate Additional Cardiac Catheterization Procedures, Kristin Anthony

Operations Transformation

Patient access to diagnostic outpatient (OP) cardiac catheterization is limited by a perceived lack of capacity. Outpatient cardiac cath pts flow through the ACU for pre/post procedure care. Current schedule limits pts that may be scheduled through the ACU to two OP procedures/day. Cardiologists request the ability to schedule beyond the two procedures/day allowed. Significant variation in pre/postoperative care orders exist amongst cardiologists resulting in variability in length of stay. Cardiac procedures are booked either as 60/90/120 minutes – Epic case averaging technology is not active in the cath lab. As a result, the case minutes in the cath lab …


Key Performance Indicator (Kpi) Development Pathway, Christopher Lloyd, Amy Giles, David Spaulding, Sarah Rines 2024 MaineHealth

Key Performance Indicator (Kpi) Development Pathway, Christopher Lloyd, Amy Giles, David Spaulding, Sarah Rines

Operations Transformation

In Q1 FY24 as more team members started to take Operational Excellence classes and subsequently become more engaged in quality improvement it was observed there was much enthusiasm but also some gaps in the understanding of available tools, resources, data collection strategies, and what elevates something to a KPI, etc. There is a need to create a guide that supported gaps, streamlined tracking process, and aligned teams in this new approach.


Implementation Of Lymphedema Education Toolkit For Nurse Coordinators, Heather Gee 2024 The University of San Francisco

Implementation Of Lymphedema Education Toolkit For Nurse Coordinators, Heather Gee

Master's Projects and Capstones

Problem: Lymphedema is a chronic condition that develops secondary to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical removal of affected lymph nodes. This swelling in patient’s limbs can cause discomfort and limit mobility, however lymphedema is often not detected until later stages, delaying treatment and patient education.

Context: This quality improvement project was conducted at Hospital S Women’s Cancer Center, an outpatient center specializing in advanced treatments for breast and gynecological cancers. This center has a multidisciplinary team focusing on both the medical and surgical aspects of oncology treatment.

Interventions: An evidence-based lymphedema education toolkit was created for nurse …


Transition To Adult Care For Bleeding Disorders: Building A Multidisciplinary Tool, Leslie Larson, Ekaterina Funk, Dana Grass, Felicia Munster, Eric Larsen, Louise Baca, Glen Roy, Sara Artinyan 2024 Maine Medical Center

Transition To Adult Care For Bleeding Disorders: Building A Multidisciplinary Tool, Leslie Larson, Ekaterina Funk, Dana Grass, Felicia Munster, Eric Larsen, Louise Baca, Glen Roy, Sara Artinyan

Operations Transformation

Youth with chronic illnesses often have poorer health outcomes after transitioning to adult care. Maine Health Bleeding Disorders is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant funded Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) that serves patients with congenital bleeding disorders. We provide multidisciplinary specialty care throughout the lifespan which includes pediatric and adult hematologists, family nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, social worker, dietitian, genetic counselor, and research coordinator. In 2022, HRSA mandated all federally funded HTCs increase by 25 percent from baseline the number of individuals ages 12 to 26 years seen in a comprehensive clinic that have a health care …


Approach To Pivie In Pediatrics: Standardization For Early Detection, Jamie Green, Jill Gregory, Elizabeth Murphy, Jessica Miller, Nicole Manchester, Frank Harris, Meaghan Wildes, Cecilia Inman, Jenn Paradis, Faye Weir 2024 Maine Medical Center

Approach To Pivie In Pediatrics: Standardization For Early Detection, Jamie Green, Jill Gregory, Elizabeth Murphy, Jessica Miller, Nicole Manchester, Frank Harris, Meaghan Wildes, Cecilia Inman, Jenn Paradis, Faye Weir

Operations Transformation

PIVIE (Peripheral Intravenous Infiltration & Extravasation) can have devastating effects, especially in the pediatric population. The condition may disrupt vasculature severe enough for permanent skin and tissue loss that can lead to impaired limb function due to severe scarring. Problem: No standardized process existed either to prevent or review these events at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center prior to the study. PIVIEs were measured through the event reporting platform and only severe PIVIEs were being documented in this report. All infiltrations (1-4 on the infiltration scale) should be measured for accurate benchmarking. Occurrences in the electronic medical …


Enhancing Peripartum Care Through Standardized Nurse Knowledge Exchange, Gabriela Ochoa 2024 The University of San Francisco

Enhancing Peripartum Care Through Standardized Nurse Knowledge Exchange, Gabriela Ochoa

Master's Projects and Capstones

Problem Inconsistent handoff practices during patient transfers can cause mistakes and adverse outcomes. Hospital A's peripartum unit has no set policy for Nurse Knowledge Exchange (NKE) during transfers. This project will introduce a standard handoff guide to enhance communication and prevent harmful results after patient transfers.

Context The quality improvement project was conducted in a peripartum mesosystem within an urban hospital in Northern California. This specific area of the hospital comprised 21 postpartum rooms and nine laboring rooms.

Intervention The project involved a methodical strategy that encompassed engaging stakeholders, conducting a literature review, and analyzing data to pinpoint areas for …


Increasing Palliative Care Team Involvement In Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients, Meagan Vacek, Lisa Tarbell, Melissa List, Erin Hall, Jennifer Linebarger, Kelstan Ellis, Gina Jones, Joel Thompson 2024 Children's Mercy Kansas City

Increasing Palliative Care Team Involvement In Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients, Meagan Vacek, Lisa Tarbell, Melissa List, Erin Hall, Jennifer Linebarger, Kelstan Ellis, Gina Jones, Joel Thompson

Research Days

Early implementation of palliative care in pediatric oncology is well established but its role in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients is yet to be fully determined. Multiple organizations encourage palliative care involvement in HSCT patients. Our aim was to increase palliative care team consults for patients receiving HSCT for our targeted diagnosis. Though we did not achieve this aim, we were able to increase the palliative care team's involvement in the total cohort of patients undergoing HSCT.


Provider Use And Comfortability With Standardized Mental Health Screeners At The Center For The Urban Child, Elisa Vengalil, Yehudit Yuhjtman, Riley Weidle Babich, Shelby Shajimon, Jordan S. Wilson, Prayag Shah, Renee Moore, Noah Buboltz 2024 St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Provider Use And Comfortability With Standardized Mental Health Screeners At The Center For The Urban Child, Elisa Vengalil, Yehudit Yuhjtman, Riley Weidle Babich, Shelby Shajimon, Jordan S. Wilson, Prayag Shah, Renee Moore, Noah Buboltz

St. Chris Research Day

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Bilateral Corneal Perforations Due To Elder Neglect, Jaclyn Jordan, Katherine Selman, Richard Byrne 2024 Cooper University Health Care

Bilateral Corneal Perforations Due To Elder Neglect, Jaclyn Jordan, Katherine Selman, Richard Byrne

Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Introduction: Atraumatic corneal melting and perforation is a rare etiology of eye pain and visual loss in the Emergency Department (ED), and xerophthalmia from vitamin A deficiency is primarily described as a cause of blindness in pediatric patients.

Case: A 68-year-old female presented to the ED with worsening eye pain and months of clouding and vision loss. History was limited by cognitive impairment and was provided by spouse. On exam, she was found to have a body mass index of 13.7 kg/m2, dry mucous membranes, purulent discharge from both eyes, and opacification and erosion of both corneas. She …


Institutional Pilot Changes Lead To A Reduction In Emergency Department Boarding Patients, Rohan Akhouri, Jennifer Watts, Christopher S. Kennedy, Kelly A. Sinclair, Bethany Bolt, Ashley Daly 2024 Children's Mercy Hospital

Institutional Pilot Changes Lead To A Reduction In Emergency Department Boarding Patients, Rohan Akhouri, Jennifer Watts, Christopher S. Kennedy, Kelly A. Sinclair, Bethany Bolt, Ashley Daly

Research Days

Background: Crowding and boarding pediatric emergency departments (ED) is an ongoing problem associated with a mismatch in resources and patient care demands. ED boarding can be defined as a patient admitted to an inpatient unit who remains in the ED. ED boarding occurs when there is limited availability of inpatient bed space – either due to patient volume or decreased staffing. ED boarding is associated with adverse events, and increased mortality. Few studies address the impact of inpatient strategies on ED boarding. The objective of our study was to evaluate hospital-based strategies within a single institution and their effect on …


Dnp Final Report: Effects Of Open-Access Scheduling On Patient No-Show Rates In An Outpatient Clinic, Maria Aileen A. Wilkinson MSN, MBA, RN 2024 University of Texas at Tyler

Dnp Final Report: Effects Of Open-Access Scheduling On Patient No-Show Rates In An Outpatient Clinic, Maria Aileen A. Wilkinson Msn, Mba, Rn

DNP Final Reports

No-show rates in a South Texas outpatient clinic have been as high as 16% to 20% which increases wait times to be seen in the clinic and decreases patient access to outpatient care. This no-show rate data has continued despite multiple interventions that have been implemented in an academic health science center. Physical, socio-economic, geographic, and health/lifestyle factors affecting no show or missed appointments are crucial to determining the most appropriate interventions to alleviate this issue. No-show rates are important metrics to improve because it directly affects the organization's revenue, access to care, and appointment wait times. Research evidence regarding …


The Long And Winding Road: What Comes Next After Detox, Michelle Pryce, Karen Lasater 2024 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Long And Winding Road: What Comes Next After Detox, Michelle Pryce, Karen Lasater

Graduate Publications and Other Selected Works - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

BACKGROUND: Detoxification centers are specialized facilities treating patients with substance use disorder (SUD). The detoxification process is a medically managed treatment where substances are slowly weaned from the body. This process lasts approximately 5-7 days. Most patients meet the criteria for SUD upon admission, but do not seek specialized post-discharge treatment, which has been found to increase long-term sobriety.

LOCAL PROBLEM: The site was a 16-bed adult detoxification center located in South Carolina. The operations manager identified there was no standardized discharge educational planning process to support long-term sobriety. This project’s aim was to increase the percentage of …


Mortality In Medicine, Maren Dougherty 2024 Bridgewater College

Mortality In Medicine, Maren Dougherty

Honors Projects

Practitioners in the medical field attend to health issues across one’s lifespan from birth to death and everything in between. A common conflict in today’s practice of medicine is establishing the true function of medicine. The complete reliance on medicine to ward off death proliferates the biomedicalization of natural life processes, like death. Biomedicalization is the process in which medical authority and its accompanying technology begin to control other aspects of daily life. With medicine’s ultimate goal being to cure disease and fight death, it interferes with the inevitability of human mortality. End-of-life treatment can be taken too far without …


Patient-Centered Preimplant Education Session And Bi-Weekly Text Message Adherence Reminders In Patients With A Newly Implanted Cardiomems® Device: A Quality Improvement Study, Elizabeth M. Miller, Alicia Abboud, Audrey Cooper 2024 University of Nebraska Medical Center

Patient-Centered Preimplant Education Session And Bi-Weekly Text Message Adherence Reminders In Patients With A Newly Implanted Cardiomems® Device: A Quality Improvement Study, Elizabeth M. Miller, Alicia Abboud, Audrey Cooper

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects: College of Nursing

Rationale

Heart failure is a deadly disease, affecting over 6.2 million individuals and costing the United States an estimated 30.7 billion dollars (Virani et al., 2020). By 2023, heart failure costs in the United States are estimated to grow to 70 billion dollars with 75-80% of these costs attributed to inpatient hospitalizations (Heidereich et al., 2022). The CardioMEMs® is a small device placed in the patient’s pulmonary artery via a minimally invasive procedure by an interventional cardiologist. The use of remote patient data from the CardioMEMs® device has been shown to reduce hospital re-admissions, facilitate tailored medication management, detect increased …


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