"Using Teams, Real-Time Information, and Teleconferencing to Improve Elders' Hospital Care," Health Affairs, March 2011 30(3):408–11.
Many elderly patients who are hospitalized are at risk for pressure ulcers, adverse drug reactions, and falls. Proactively identifying those at greatest risk and implementing strategies to prevent harm can lower the incidence of such events.
The percentage of patients receiving urinary catheters decreased from 26.2 percent to 20.1 percent in one hospital, while the share of patients receiving consultations for physical therapy increased from 27.0 percent to 39.1 percent. The model has been extended to another Wisconsin health system, which noted that patient falls decreased over a one-year period from 4.5 per 1,000 patient days to slightly more than one fall per 1,000 patient days.