For the Physician Department the Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Director

For the physician department the chief medical

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For the Physician Department, the Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Director will serve as chair and lead physician practice initiative for the scheduling of follow-up appointments prior to patient discharge in efforts to improve the 30-day mortality rates in pneumonia patients post- hospitalization. In efforts to promote a multidisciplinary approach, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists, and case management will also participate in the committee to develop the protocol. Using specialists as consultants, the committee will develop a care set for the discharge planning pathway in efforts to improve patient outcomes and reduce the mortality rate of pneumonia patients 30-days post hospitalization. The care set will become a part of the discharge paperwork and requires the physicians to enter information about follow-up appointments into the electronic medical record. Once the discharge paperwork has been printed, the nurse is required to emphasize the follow-up appointment information and provide patient education expressing the importance of attending follow-up appointment. In efforts to be successful, training, education, and reinforcement will be implemented. Internal emails will be
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5 sent to all physicians and staff members about the new protocol. Handouts will be provided explaining how to set up patient follow-up appointments prior to discharge. In-service training with the IT department will be provided to show physicians how to electronically enter follow-up appointments. Physicians, as well as nurses, will be provided with simulation training on the use of electronically entering follow-up appointments. There will also be ongoing education continually provided to staff with updates as needed.
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  • Summer '18
  • Physician, Chief Medical Officer, Surgical Department

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