Hospitals in VHAs membership will use a clinical patient-safety blueprint to increase the amount of time nurses spend at their patients bedsides.
Dubbed a rapid adoption network, the online network will allow 21 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to study their clinical best practices and share information about improvements. By working together through the network, which uses the VHAs blueprint model at its core, the hospitals say they can start to improve in less than one year.
VHA, an Irving, Texas-based purchasing and quality organization, last spring launched its series of blueprints that hospitals can access online. Providers can peruse the blueprints and select various criteria to match the illness outlined in the model with its own facility size and care-delivery protocols.
The hospitals in this adoption network will use a blueprint that focuses on the patient experience, including how to involve the patient in care, conducting bedside change-of-shift reporting, hourly rounding and communication boards, according to a VHA news release. VHA has rapid adoption networks focusing on different clinical topics in nearly every region of the U.S., a spokesman said. He added that the organization could tentatively start seeing results from the networks in November. -- by Jean DerGurahian