IHQSE Outcomes

IHQSE programs focus on your development. The educational outcomes for our programs show significant gains in participant knowledge. However, it is the ability to transfer knowledge into skills and skills into outcomes that differentiates the IHQSE.

See below for a sampling of IHQSE project outcomes throughout the years. We have experience with over 100 types of projects and can help you apply our templates to help solve your quality, safety or efficiency challenges.

2021 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Most patients living with HIV have concomitant mental health, substance use disorders or other social issues resulting in high no-show clinic rates. 

Intervention: Created Comprehensive Care Clinic that combines PCP, mental health, social work and substance use counselor visits with transportation and incentives to attend.

Outcome: Reduced no-show rate from 37% to 16% amongst highest-risk patients. 

Opportunity: Ventilator length of stay is more than a day longer than national average and 50% higher than expected. 88% of patients have one or more missed opportunities for down-titration.

Intervention: Integrated ventilator down-titration into the virtual ICU monitoring center.

Outcome: 1 day reduction in ventilator LOS and 28% reduction in device-related pressure injuries.

2020 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: 26% of physical therapy consultations deemed inappropriate.

Intervention: Daily measure of functional status populates order, nudging providers away from ordering PT in patients unlikely to benefit. 

Outcome: 89% reduction in inappropriate PT consultations.

Spread: Working to spread to all units in the hospital.

Opportunity: Blood stream infections in CTICU associated with 71% mortality rate; 100% if on ECMO.

Intervention: Monitored compliance with bundle; CHG wipes on ECMO cannulas, created leadership rounds to emphasize importance of compliance.

Outcome: 77% reduction in central line associated blood stream infections.


2019 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Improve inefficiency and throughput of cath lab by decreasing the length of stay. 

Intervention: Created a new fast track unit for patients of lower complexity.

Outcome: Reduction in the amount of time a patient spent in the unit by 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Opportunity: Improve standardization of transfer of bronchiolitis patients from ICU to floor. 

Intervention: Introduced transfer criteria and new process for transfer readiness assessment.

Outcome: Reduced time-to-transfer from PICU from 14.4 hours to 7.8 hours. Overall PICU LOS was reduced by 13%.

2018 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Improve discharge process.

Intervention: Created discharge nurse to improve discharge planning.

Outcome: Reduced time to discharge by 43 minutes, length of stay by 1 day and doubled rate of patients discharged by 11am.

Spread: Spread to 6 additional hospital units.

2017 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Reduce wait time to be seen in clinic.

Intervention: Optimized the process for referrals, appointing patients and check in.

Outcome: Reduced wait time for an appointment by 24.9%.

2016 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Reduce length of stay (LOS) for pancreatic surgery patients.

Intervention: Standardized order set with compliance reporting.

Outcome: LOS reduced by 1.1 days, 35% reduction in complications, 67% reduction in return to ICU, 46% reduction in readmissions.

2015 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Reduce readmission rate. 

Intervention: Standardized transition process, follow up phone call, focus on medications.

Outcome: Reduced readmissions by 42%: sustained for over 5 years.

Spread: Framework incorporated into hospital care management workflows.

2014 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Improve length of stay (LOS) for palliative care patients.

Intervention: Moved consult earlier in hospital stay.

Outcome: Patients received treatment 14 hours earlier improving pain and symptom scores, reducing LOS by 1.7 days. Total projected savings of $3 million per year.

2013 IHQSE Project Outcomes

Opportunity: Reduce length of stay (LOS) by improving discharge process.

Intervention: Standardized process for earlier discharge education prior to discharge.

Outcome: LOS reduced by 7 days. Total projected savings of $840,000 per year.