ICU readmission is associated with poorer health outcomes, including lower survival rates, prolonged hospitalization, increased costs, higher degrees of disability after ICU discharge and greater emotional stress to patients and their families. In 2017, Albany Medical Center implemented a multidisciplinary initiative to improve the transition from the ICU to a lower level care unit.
To reduce their number of “back transfers,” AMC increased collaboration, communication and triaging of patients between nurses and providers. Components of the initiative included:
After implementation, between 2017 and 2018, patient falls decreased 41.6%, back transfers decreased 28.6% and patient and family satisfaction improved.
For more information, contact Debra A. Levy, BSN, RN, nursing manager, at (518) 262-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.