July/September 2018 - Volume 33 - Issue 3

  • Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
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Articles in this issue highlight the work being done in and out of hospitals to improve patient safety. A good place to start reading is the Commentary from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The AHRQ has developed multiple resources and toolkits to improve patient safety practices in ambulatory and long term care settings – resources nurses should know about. One of the new toolkits is designed to help ambulatory care teams actively engage patients and families to prevent errors during transitions and new appointments. Care transitions can result in fragmented care and can pose significant challenges for patients. Be sure to read the article by Hung et al. on their hospital-community partnership to reduce readmissions for older adults. They describe their care transitions program, its implementation, intervention successes, barriers, and outcomes. In another study, authors report on how they changed their referral practices in a nurse-managed Patient-Centered Medical Home primary care clinic. The findings confirm the need for a well-organized referral tracking system that is centralized and contains safety nets for patients to reduce the number of delayed or missed referrals. Other articles report on the effectiveness of delirium screening, prevention, and treatment initiatives in an acute care setting (continuing education offering); the effectiveness of the Braden Scale in ICUs; research that identified trends in information technology (IT) adoption in nursing homes (this is the first national assessment of nursing home quality measures and trends in IT adoption); a QI study to improve oral hygiene for patients with dementia in residential long term care settings; and the outcomes of other studies and projects you can use to guide your practice. 

Marilyn H. Oermann, Editor-in-Chief


Effectiveness of a Multifaceted Delirium Screening, Prevention, and Treatment Initiative on the Rate of Delirium Falls in the Acute Care Setting

Ferguson, Alice; Uldall, Karina; Dunn, Jessica; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 33(3):213-220, July/September 2018.

Effectiveness of a Multifaceted Delirium Screening, Prevention, and Treatment Initiative on the Rate of Delirium Falls in the Acute Care Setting

Hospital-Community Partnerships to Aid Transitions for Older Adults: Applying the Care Transitions Framework

Hung, Dorothy; Truong, Quan; Yakir, Maayan; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 33(3):221-228, July/September 2018.

Hospital-Community Partnerships to Aid Transitions for Older Adults: Applying the Care Transitions Framework

Improving Oral Hygiene for Veterans With Dementia in Residential Long-term Care

McConnell, Eleanor S.; Lee, Kyung Hee; Galkowski, Lorraine; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 33(3):229-237, July/September 2018.

Improving Oral Hygiene for Veterans with Dementia in Residential Long-Term Care

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