Benchmarking

Publication Title: 
Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

PURPOSE: Determining the appropriate rate of radiotherapy (RT) utilization is important for health care planning and resource allocation. The difference between the observed and the appropriate RT rate is influenced by the choice of a criterion based benchmarking (CBB) or evidence-based estimates (EBEST) measure.

Author(s): 
Shack, Lorraine
Lu, Shuang
Weeks, Lee-Anne
Craighead, Peter
Kerba, Marc
Publication Title: 
Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether it is safe to cut the temporary epicardial pacing wires (TEPWs) flush with the patient's skin surface prior to discharge. Altogether 105 relevant papers were identified of which 13 case reports represented the best evidence to answer the question. The author, journal, date, country of publication, complications, the culprit TEPW and relevant outcomes are tabulated. All case reports demonstrated a wide spectrum of complications.

Author(s): 
Shaikhrezai, Kasra
Khorsandi, Maziar
Patronis, Marios
Prasad, Sai
Publication Title: 
BMC health services research

BACKGROUND: For the treatment of chronic back pain, it has been theorized that integrative care plans can lead to better outcomes than those achieved by monodisciplinary care alone, especially when using a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and non-hierarchical team approach. This paper describes the use of a care pathway designed to guide treatment by an integrative group of providers within a randomized controlled trial.

Author(s): 
Maiers, Michele J.
Westrom, Kristine K.
Legendre, Claire G.
Bronfort, Gert
Publication Title: 
Journal of Nursing Care Quality

Best practice guidelines can support nurses in providing consistent, evidence-based quality care. This article describes the values and beliefs underlying a best practice guideline for client-centered care and the process used by the author to translate this guideline into reflective questions specific to Therapeutic Touch practice. Applying best practice guidelines in this way, to enhance reflection on a particular aspect of practice, can "bring them to life," facilitating implementation and allowing new possibilities to emerge for improving client care.

Author(s): 
Moore, Theresa
Publication Title: 
Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality

This article describes a knowledge transfer process that was developed by Catholic Health East (CHE), headquartered in Newtown Square, PA, and that focuses upon one indicator of care, physical restraint use, in the skilled nursing/long-term care setting. The values-based process focuses on preserving residents' rights and using comparative data sharing as the basis for identifying opportunities for improvement. Further, it builds upon a collaborative cyclical model employed by all the CHE System's freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities.

Author(s): 
Carroll-Solomon, P. A.
Christian, V.
Denny, D. S.
Nordan, V. N.
Therriault, M. F.
Van Wicklen, R.
Publication Title: 
Hospitals & Health Networks

SSM Health Care last year won the nation's most prestigious award for business quality. How it did so provides valuable lessons for all hospitals striving for excellence.

Author(s): 
Dunn, Philip
Santamour, Bill
Publication Title: 
Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality

This article describes a knowledge-transfer process developed by Catholic Health East (CHE), headquartered in Newtown Square, PA, and focuses on improving resident safety in the skilled nursing or long-term care setting. How the health system customized and implemented an electronic medical event database to identify opportunities for improvement to prevent future occurrences of adverse events is outlined.

Author(s): 
Carroll-Solomon, Pamela A.
Denny, Diane S.
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

In April 2005, the American Nurses Association (ANA) awarded St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, NH, its highest honor for excellence in nursing: "Magnet Recognition." The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANA's American Nurses Credentialing Center in the early 1980s to recognize health care organizations that provide the best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of excellence in professional nursing practice. St. Joseph began pursuing Magnet status more than three years ago, starting with a number of enhancements to nursing practices.

Author(s): 
Duchene, Pam
Muhm, John B.
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

Establishing and maintaining institutional identity is a challenge for leaders in Catholic health care. A process known as "progressive articulation" can be used to help leaders assess how well their organizations reflect Catholic social tradition and help them apply this tradition toward specific organizational practices.

Author(s): 
Brinkmann, Bill
Maines, T. Dean
Naughton, Michael J.
Stebbins, J. Michael
Weimerskirch, Arnold
Publication Title: 
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

BACKGROUND: Eliminating nosocomial infections was identified as one of eight priorities for action for Ascension Health. St. John Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC), and St. Vincent's Hospital (STV), designated alpha sites, developed best practices for the prevention of catheter-related blood stream infections (CR-BSIs) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), respectively.

Author(s): 
Berriel-Cass, Dorine
Adkins, Frank W.
Jones, Polly
Fakih, Mohamad G.

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