Caring Wisely FY 2023 Project Contest

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Proposals (24 total)

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Improving health care value at UCSF Health by Reducing unnecessary testing

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Hospitals have long been a critical component of our healthcare system, providing lifesaving treatments, and medical care to millions of people each year. However, as the demand for healthcare services continues to rise, so too do the costs of providing such services. One area where costs can be significantly reduced without compromising patient care is by reducing the number of unnecessary tests and blood draws that are performed in hospitals.

Transforming Ambulatory Care Nursing Through Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

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FY24 Caring Wisely Project Proposal Phase I

A Sustainable Solution to Reduce Surgical Supply Waste – A Preference Card Optimization Tool

Primary Author: Seema Gandhi
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Seema Gandhi, MD






Increasing Access to Equitable Care Among Medically Hospitalized Youth with Eating Disorders

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PROJECT LEAD(S): Sarah Forsberg, PsyD



Reducing disparities in lung cancer screening in vulnerable populations

Primary Author: Joan O'Mahony
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    • PROPOSAL TITLE: Reducing disparities in lung cancer screening in vulnerable populations 
    • PROJECT LEAD(S): Joan O'Mahony
    • EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): Laurel Bray-Hanin
    • ABSTRACT - 

    Findings from the National Cancer Institutes National Lung Screening Trial established that lung cancer mortality in specific high-risk groups can be reduced by annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT).  Access to these services can reduce inpatient/outpatient healthcare cost with patients being screened at an early stage.  Through com

The Wave of the Future: Using Long-Wave Infrared Thermography to Prevent Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries

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Executive Sponsor:

Arthur Dominguez Jr., DNP, MSN, RN, CEN

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Adult Services

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Inpatient Wound and Ostomy Care Team (Parnassus Campus)

Team Manager: Jonathon Holte, MSN, RN, CWON

Team Members:

Skyler Bivens, BSN, RN-BC, CWOCN

Diane Sandman, MSN, FNP, CWOCN

Rachel Daniels, BS-N, RN, CWON

The inpatient wound and ostomy team is part of the clinical practice and research branch of the

Reducing Painful Procedures in the Intensive Care Nursery

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  • PROJECT LEAD(S): Katelin Kramer, MD
  • EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): Elizabeth Rogers, MD
  • ABSTRACT : Painful procedures are performed frequently in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN), especially in preterm infants. There is a breadth of evidence that repeated painful procedures and blood draws cause harm in preterm infants.

Trach me home: decreasing length of stay in patients with tracheostomies through a high fidelity simulation training program

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Between 2021 and 2022, 22 children received tracheostomies at UCSF, with an average length of stay (LOS) of ~180 days. Discharge for this population is a complex process, including arranging for medical equipment, home care nursing, and training caregivers, which can all lead to delays in discharge and prolong hospital stays. While it's not always possible to control the lack of medical equipment and nursing, we can have an impact on caregiver training. Children who have undergone a tracheostomy require intensive caregiver education, and despite multidisciplinary team efforts, home caregivers may experience fragmented care and communication during the transition from hospital to home1,2,3,4. A study found that the second most common cause of discharge delays were due to caregiver training delays, with a median range of discharge 41 days after they were deemed medically stable2. Other studies have reported similar findings highlighting the challenges of the transition from actively supporting a critically ill patient to physically providing primary care, which can be emotionally complex and involve a steep learning curve 3,4,5.  An early caregiver training program has the potential to reduce inpatient LOS and healthcare costs5,6. The primary aim of this project is to reduce LOS by enacting a high fidelity simulation training program integrated with bedside education for caregivers with the secondary goal of reducing readmission rates and improving caregiver competency. 


Improving Operating Room Efficiency

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            Improving Operating Room Efficiency


            MB Triad, Nathan Schwab, Joyce Chang, Jina Sinskey


            Amy Lu