Project #1 - Literature survey
Understanding Preventable Hospital Readmissions: Causes and Best Practices
This paper includes an overview of preventable hospital readmissions, and it focuses on its causes and best practices.
Retained Foreign Bodies
The topic I focus on is retained foreign bodies, which are instruments or objects left inside a patient during surgery and are unaccounted for at the end, and a solution to help decrease the occurance rate.
Health Coach Companion
This paper includes the literature review of definition of chronic disease and review of behavior changes that stick.
Healthcare Design of the Future: Reducing Bouncebacks
One sentence summary - This paper includes the literature review of how the discharge process affects readmission rates.
Readmission in relation to early follow-up
One sentence summary - This paper includes the literature review of readmission problems
Discharge Planning and Social Involvement
This paper includes the literature review of Discharge planning: Exploring strategies to increase social involvement
Addressing the Problem of Hospital Readmissions
This paper consists of research from a comprehensive literature review of hospital readmissions.
How to deliver understandable knowledge of heart-failure recovery plan
This paper includes the literature review of readmission causes in general, readmission problems in heart failure, and ways to deliver understandable knowledge about heart-failure recovery plan to the patients.
Improving the Quality of Life for Patients with Incurable Diseases at the Terminal Stage of Illness
What are the possible ways of improving the quality of life and care at home for terminally ill people as the means of decreasing the readmission rate.
This paper addresses the issues of poor communication among doctors.
Readmissions: How geographical location of hospitals affects the rate of readmission
What are Readmissions,explore causes and solutions and focus on how the geographical location of hospitals affects the rate of readmissions.
Overview of Readmissions: with focus on elderly patients who take multiple medications
This paper includes the literature review of readmission problems
Overview of the readmission problem in US hospitals
A review of the hospital readmission problem, focusing on poor access to primary care as being a major factor in diverting patients to hospital emergency rooms to seek care after initial discharge.
How to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
This paper includes the literature review of Hospital Readmission, the causes of readmission and how to reduce them.
Project #2 - Healthcare Future Reduce Bouncebacks Initial team forming (10/13)
- 1. Safety
- a. Surgical error
- b. Medical Error
- 2. Home
- a. Aftercare
- ii. Wellness/ behavior
- iii. Activities daily log
- b. Communications
- 3. Clinical
- a. Discharge, aftercare, wellness, communication
- b. Setting
- c. Materials
d. Family space/ involvement during care
(ZL, PS, LKM)
e. Behavior change
4. Hospital Acquired infection
(LR, AS, EEE)
- a. Contact
- b. Hand washing
- c. airborne
Project #3 - Healthcare Future Reduce Bouncebacks teams (due 10/25)
Here is our pecha kuch presentation File:Media-filename.pptx
Pecha-Kucha slide here File:Adherence.pptx
Problem, literature and design ideas are here File:Behavior.pptx
Research Pecha Kucha File:HAI.pptx
Projects from last year - http://hsi.gatech.edu/icu/index.php/Course_Homepage#Final_Projects
Patients bounce back to hospital after discharge often because they are not able to maintain the regiments of treatment at home. There are multiple reasons for this non-adherence such as lack of education or care-giver support, insufficient training to transition, not following the care plan, lack of ability to problem solving etc. To solve these problems, we have developed a 'Kit of Care' which will help the patient and the caregiver to maintain continued healing at home. The anticipated impact of 'Kit of Care' is to assist in reducing hospital readmission.
Our Paper: File:Kit of Care paper.pdf
Brief: The number of prescriptions and amount of patient education affect medication adherence, which can lead to a higher probability for readmission. Our pre-packaging solution, which includes an interactive QR code, gives the patient an opportunity to be educated and reduce medication confusion.
Report: File:Pre-packaging report.pdf
Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition and patients are recommended to comply with dietary sodium restrictions. However research indicates that most patients find it difficult to follow these restrictions and may need help in understanding what constitutes a sodium restricted diet. Through our smart tray we propose a concept that would serve as an interactive tool to provide education and create awareness about a sodium restricted diet while eating their meals in the hospital.
inTouch is a touch screen picture frame that will allow elderly people to easily communicate with family members and care givers via video chatting.
Report: File:In Touch paper.pdf
Poor hand sanitation is one of the key factors leading to increased healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), ultimately leading to a higher risk of readmission. Non-compliance rates with hand hygiene are high (close to 50%)in hospitals, and even higher in post-discharge facilities, such as Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs), and up to 3.8 million infections a year occur in LTCFs. We have designed a motion-dependent hand-sanitizer to be used to spray alcohol-based antiseptic on door handles, to sanitize the hands of healthcare personnel and patients with a focus on LTCFs and post-discharge facilities.