Editor-in-Chief: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
ISSN: 1057-3631
Online ISSN: 1550-5065
Frequency: 4 issues / year
Ranking: Nursing 66/103
Impact Factor: 1.293 (5-Year)
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Falls in the hospital continue to be a significant patient safety issue. At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, an interprofessional team developed a fall prevention program that focused on a proactive approach to falls, identification of high-risk patients, and a complete assessment of patients at risk. Instead of formulating a plan based on the most frequent reasons for falls, the team developed a standardized process of assessment, Proactive Rounding, which enabled them to plan for the unique risks of each patient. Their project resulted in fewer falls. This issue also includes an article on the Post Epidural Fall Risk Assessment tool and a study on the effectiveness of an electronic sensor bed/chair alarm in reducing falls. If you are looking for interventions to prevent readmissions, read about a transitional care model by nurse navigators that reduced 30-day readmission rates and ED visits among ischemic stroke patients discharged home and a QI report on a protocol to reduce readmissions of heart failure patients. Another article describes the outcomes of a multifaceted sleep disordered breathing screening protocol in a heart failure disease management clinic. This issue also reports the findings of 2 studies on early warning scores used in hospitals to enhance the recognition of patient deterioration, the outcomes of a new protocol to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections, the impact of provider coordination on nurse and physician perceptions of quality care, a systematic review of studies on light and human vision and their impact on medication administration, and other papers on quality and safety.Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

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Predictors of Travel Nurse Job Performance

Travel nurses fulfill temporary full-time contracts in hospitals across the US, but little is known about their job performance and factors that influence their adjustment to the work setting. This mixed-methods study by Carol A. Tuttas identified the unique needs and characteristics of travel nurses.

Innovations to Increase Timely Defibrillation Rates

Early defibrillation is critical for patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest. This video and article describe how a team at The University of Chicago Medicine increased the rate of early defibrillation by nurse first responders in noncritical care areas.

Decreasing Fall Rates and Patient Companion Use

A close observation unit (COU) was effective for decreasing fall rates and patient companion use. Read about the outcomes of this important study

Implementing a Unit-Based CLABSI Project

Nurses decreased the rate of CLABSI infections on their medical surgical unit from 3.2 to 0.6 infections per 1000 catheter days by targeting improvement in central line maintenance. They used the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research’s 5 interacting domains to guide their interventions.