The huddles help the nursing team identify risks and implement prevention strategies, such as bed alarms and risk mitigation during hourly nursing rounds. As a result, the hospital has reduced its patient falls rate by more than 50% for a unit with adults with cardiac-related diseases combined with other conditions.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is among six winners of the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality. The honorees were identified by researchers from among more than 1,900 hospitals (representing about one-third of U.S. hospitals) that report results to NDNQI and measure their performance against other NDNQI hospitals.
And the hospital's nursing team wasn't the only NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality winner that used teamwork to improve outcomes.
For example, the nursing staff at Rose Medical Center in Denver, CO, improved team-based oral care standards and implemented a series of interventions proven to reduce infection rates.
Using this team-based strategy, the hospital was able to significantly reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia, the leading cause of death resulting from hospital-acquired infections, from 17 cases in 2008-09 to just one case in 2011-12.
Nursing teamwork has been shown to be a powerful force in factors from patient safety to staff satisfaction to staffing.