Surgical Site Infection Prevention Bundle by Heidi Chan
By: Heidi ChanTeam Members: Sherah Bateman, Thelma Mallari, Sneha Krishna, Nicole Mundie, Lauren Puckett, Matt Muffly, Stephanie Chao Surgical site infections (SSI) are a major healthcare issue, accounting for a significant proportion of healthcare-associated infections. The prevention of SSIs is critical in enhancing patient outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and minimizing the burden of antimicrobial resistance. […]
Decreasing Overbook Appointments – Cancer Infusion by Janice Kolsovsky
The Cancer Infusion areas have too many overbooks (definition in background), leading to delays in treatment for patients and schedules over-capacity during peak hours of operation.
Increasing Reporting of Therapy Safety Events in Radiation Oncology by Hilary Bagshaw
There has been a downward trend of safety events reported by Radiation Therapists through Radiation Oncology’s internal incident reporting system, Safety Through Alertness and Reaction (STAR).
Optimizing the Cardiac Clearance Process in Head & Neck Surgery by Julia Noel
Receiving clearance forms and instructions less than 1 week in advance of surgery can result in time intensive and herculean staff efforts to avoid surgery cancellation or issues. This has implications for patient safety and cancer outcomes as well as resource utilization. We chose this project to focus on because of the direct impact on our workflow and was able to be intervened upon in a meaningful way.
Decreasing Time in ICU & Time to Mobility in Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) Patients by Adam Andruska
Cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) patients require highly coordinated care by numerous services in the intensive care unit (ICU) after surgery. Complications in this time period increase morbidity, are costly, and significantly increase time spent in the ICU. We set out to shorten the time between cardiothoracic surgery and the patient ambulating with physical therapy as a marker for appropriate patient progress. Delays in time to ambulation after surgery reflect both patient complications and systems issues preventing progression. Our goal was to improve the percentage of patients ambulating on postoperative day one from 60% to greater than 70%.
“I Wanna Go FAST!” Reducing Time to Advanced Imaging in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infections by Elad Nevo
For patients with osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, or pyomyositis, increased time from ED presentation to performing advanced imaging (MRI) can delay diagnostic and therapeutic orthopedic procedures (i.e., bone biopsy, joint aspiration, etc.).
SEEing More Patients in the OR at the Byer’s Eye Institute by Nicole Choo
Many patients at Byers wait months for surgeries despite the fact that some OR rooms are only partially utilized every week. It minimizes patient dissatisfaction, maximizes OR utilization, and keeps our providers schedules full.
Improving Surgical Site Infections: Warming One Patient At a Time by Dominique Watt
Despite having Surgical Site Infection Prevention bundles in place, there is a recent increase in Standardized Infection Ratio (SIRs) for colorectal patients in SHC. A recent discovery that OR room temperatures are not consistently in range which may potentially impact maintaining patient body temperature above 36 C.
Cancer Center South Bay Real Time Location System Badge Retention by Jacque McCoy
Cancer Center South Bay requires a minimum of approximately 200 Real Time Location System badges per day based on a unique patient volume of approximately 300. Several times a week we do not have the required number of badges in circulation, and this has a negative impact on patient care and the patient experience.
Optimizing General Inpatient Hospice at Stanford Healthcare: Neuroscience Pilot by Tovah Kohl
Our group tried to increase GIP hospice referrals for the neuroscience service lines, which improves patient care and provides the patient and family with increased resources. This problem was chosen because during COVID, the number of GIP patients drastically decreased.