ABCs of Hospitalized Patients: A Simple Before-After Study of a Communication Tool to Improve Quality of Inpatient Care

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a communication tool in reducing risk factors for HACs. Methods A communication tool aimed at reducing HAC risk factors was developed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians and nurses and tested in a simple before-after quality improvement study. It included 8 components: ambulation/fall risk, blood glucose greater than 200 mg/dL, central venous catheters, deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis, erosions of the skin/dermal ulcers, Foley/urinary catheters, got communication, and heart monitor/telemetry. This communication tool facilitated multidisciplinary communication. The nurses completed it nightly, and the physicians reviewed the communication tool each morning and, when appropriate, addressed components of care that were out of compliance with best practices. Results The use of the ABCs of Hospitalized Patients Communication Tool led to daily improvements with reduction in the percentage of patients with blood glucose greater than 200 mg/dL from 43.3% to 35.1%, reduction in the use of central venous catheters from 8.2% to 1.0% of patients, increase in the use of chemical deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis from 45.4% of patients to 56.7%, reduction in the use of urinary catheters from 27.6% to 13.2%, and decrease in use of telemetry from 67.5% to 55.1%. All of the results have P
Source: Journal of Patient Safety - Category: Health Management Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

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