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July/September 2021 - Volume 36 - Issue 3

  • Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1057-3631
  • 1550-5065
  • 4 issues / year
  • 1.425

Many sepsis cases originate in the home and community. To prevent hospital readmissions due to sepsis, a home health care provider implemented a sepsis-screening protocol and QI initiative. To analyze the impact of the protocol, they conducted a chart review of 33264 sepsis screens of 7242 patients. The majority (69.2%) of positive sepsis screens resulted in patients receiving early medical intervention and avoiding hospitalization. There is limited evidence on best practices to sustain outpatient-to-inpatient handoff processes. Using a Lean Six Sigma approach to improve patient transfer, the team documented a steady decrease in patient transfer time including reduced variability over 36 months. Longitudinal monitoring provides the opportunity to identify beneficial outcomes. Don't miss these articles and others in this issue.

Marilyn H. Oermann, Editor-in-Chief

Building a Reliable Health Care System: A Lean Six Sigma Quality Improvement Initiative on Patient Handoff

Alexander, Catherine; Rovinski-Wagner, Christine; Wagner, Sandra; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 36(3):195-201, July/September 2021.

Building a Reliable Healthcare System: A Lean Six Sigma Quality Improvement Initiative on Patient Handoff

Do Falls and Other Safety Issues Occur More Often During Handovers When Nurses Are Away From Patients? Findings From a Retrospective Study Design

Demaria, Jessica; Valent, Francesca; Danielis, Matteo; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 36(3):202-209, July/September 2021.

Do Falls and Other Safety Issues Occur More Often During Handovers When Nurses are Away from Patients? Findings from a Retrospective Study Design

Building Capacity in Health Professionals to Conduct Quality Improvement: Evaluation From a Collaborative Interorganizational Program

Plummer, Carolyn; Ruco, Arlinda; Smith, Kerry-Ann; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 36(3):229-235, July/September 2021.

Building Capacity in Health Professionals to Conduct Quality Improvement: Evaluation from a Collaborative Interorganizational Program

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