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UCLA Receives Six UC Health Quality Grants to Improve Hospital Care
Date:7/15/2011

LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A key component of health care reform involves the improvement of quality, access and value when delivering health services, particularly for patients admitted to a hospital. To help meet these needs, the University of California established the Center for Health Quality and Innovation, which provides financial support for health quality initiatives across the UC health system.

The center has now awarded nine grants totaling $3.4 million to six UC institutions for projects aimed at better understanding and alleviating common obstacles to health quality, including frequent falls, excess radiation from scans, hospital-acquired conditions and issues of care coordination among multiple health professionals. Of the nine studies, six include UCLA health care experts as participants.

Rising above hospital falls

Between 2 percent and 15 percent of hospital patients in the U.S. experience falls. Nearly a third of these result in injuries, and sometimes even death. At Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, however, falls declined by 30 percent when the hospital instituted a program called "5Ps." In many hospitals across the country, nurses on rounds use an hourly process called "4Ps" to assess patients' pain, personal needs, positioning in a bed or chair, and the placement of items they might need. At UCLA, nurse Catherine Walsh, the accreditation manager for in-patient nursing and interventional areas for the UCLA Department of Nursing and a member of the department's falls prevention committee, created the "5Ps" program by adding "preventing falls" to the hourly rounding process. During each nursing visit, factors that could result in falls are identified and mitigated, reducing risk on an ongoing basis during hospitalization. Walsh and Dr. Teryl Nuckols, a UCLA associate professor of general internal medicine and health services research, who are co-leaders of the project, and their team recei
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