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July/September 2022 - Volume 37 - Issue 3

  • Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1057-3631
  • 1550-5065
  • 4 issues / year
  • 1.728

Inpatient falls with harm have severe implications for patients and the health care system. Authors implemented a zero harm approach to falls prevention with multiple strategies including the display of real-time unit-specific falls rates and a root-cause analysis process after falls. The fall rate decreased from 2.03 (baseline period) to 1.12 (1 year later) per 1000 patient-days, and there was an increase in patient safety incident reporting. In a new process to improve the transition of patients from inpatient settings to outpatient mental health (MH) care, RN Transition Care Managers triaged discharge consults, communicated with schedulers and patients pre- and postdischarge, and tracked MH engagement for 30 days postdischarge. Over 55 weeks, 443 consults were placed, with an average 89% success rate. Other articles share innovative QI studies with implications for your own settings.​

Marilyn H. Oermann, Editor

Designing and Implementing a Zero Harm Falls Prevention Program: A Quality Improvement Study

Wilson, Mary-Agnes; Hacker Teper, Matthew; Sinno, Maya; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 37(3):199-205, July/September 2022.

Designing and Implementing a Zero Harm Falls Prevention Program: A Quality Improvement Study

Reducing Opioid-Induced Constipation Post-Cardiac Surgery: An Improvement Project in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Rodrigues, Miranda A.; Lofton, Tochie; Tume, Sebastian C.; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 37(3):213-217, July/September 2022.

Reducing Opioid-Induced Constipation Post Cardiac Surgery: An Improvement Project in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Bridging the Acute-to-Outpatient Care Gap in Mental Health: Developing and Implementing a Mental Health Transition Process

Kantaria, Tina; Talag, Germiniano; Fan, Jia; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 37(3):218-224, July/September 2022.

Bridging the Acute-to-Outpatient Care Gap in Mental Health: Developing and Implementing a Mental Health Transition Process

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