Nurses Innovate to Tackle the Dangers of Discharge

Prior to the project, only a handful of Texas Health hospitals compiled catheter-related statistics. "We tracked infections, but not consistently," says Mitchell. Now, the EHR can generate data showing when catheters are inserted, when they are removed, and how related guidelines are applied. But getting there was not easy. The project, Mitchell says, required a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration. "Physicians, nursing, quality and analysts-no one group alone could have done this," she says, ticking off a list of the departments involved.

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