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Using Education to Improve Nurses’ Understanding and Acceptance of Capnography Monitoring
Background: One of the largest risks for respiratory depression and respiratory arrest in the hospital is the administration of opioid-based medications, which has been termed opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) ...
Development of a Preceptor Program for Staff Nurses in an Emergency Department: A Collaborative Hospital-based Quality Improvement Project
Background: Preceptors are expected to foster a successful “transition to practice” for novice nurses and new hires. Preceptor education has been shown to increase retention of novice nurses. The goal of the project was ...
Implementation of a POLST Pilot Project
The number of aging persons in the United States is rapidly rising, as is the number of persons with chronic and terminal illnesses. Discussions regarding advance care planning are imperative to ensure that one's wishes ...
Implementation of a Small Baby Team to Improve Outcomes for Infants Less than 30 Weeks of Gestation
Background: Although extremely low gestational age infants continue to have improved rates of survival, they have the greatest risk of morbidities for infants born prematurely. These infants also incur the greatest cost ...
Development and Implementation of a Standardized Protocol to Select a Surrogate Decision Maker in the Trauma Population
Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to develop and implement a standardized protocol to educate adult patients admitted to a Midwestern hospital Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU) regarding the ...