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Application of a microsystem-based project to improve the inpatient care of adults with cystic fibrosis

Application of a microsystem-based project to improve the inpatient care of adults with cystic fibrosis

Annals of the American Thoracic Society 10(3): 198-204

Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) hospitalized for pulmonary exacerbations complained of delayed and missed treatments. We analyzed the complaints and implemented two microsystem-based quality initiatives to improve care. A prospective, observational study using quantitative and qualitative data collection strategies was conducted. Two interventions were implemented: a CF order set followed 9 months later by a self-administration program. Thirty-six of 40 patients with CF received initial respiratory therapy within 2 hours of admission compared with 1 of 17 before intervention. Initial antibiotic administration time was reduced from a mean of 18 hours to within 4 hours in the majority of admissions after implementation of quality initiatives. The interventions led to improved medication delivery and increased satisfaction. Hospital length of stay for patients with CF decreased from a mean of 9.5 to 7.8 days. Application of a microsystem-based strategy that engaged patients and families as well as caregivers brought about substantial changes in CF care delivery, increased satisfaction among staff and patients, and decreased hospital length of stay.

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Accession: 051607379

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PMID: 23802815

DOI: 10.1513/annalsats.201212-119oc

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