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J Pediatr Nurs. 2015 Mar-Apr;30(2):333-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.08.005. Epub 2014 Aug 19.

Feasibility of using a pediatric call center as part of a quality improvement effort to prevent hospital readmission.

Author information

1
Clinical Practice, Ambulatory Services, Seattle Children's Hospital. Electronic address: sallie.kirsch@seattlechildrens.org.
2
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.
3
Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA.
4
University of Washington School of Medicine, Medical Affairs, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA.

Abstract

The primary aim of this intervention was to assess the feasibility of using call center nurses who are experts in telephone triage to conduct post discharge telephone calls, as part of a quality improvement effort to prevent hospital readmission. Families of patients with bronchiolitis were called between 24 and 48 hours after discharge. The calls conducted by the nurses were efficient (average time was 12 minutes), and their assessments helped to identify gaps in inpatient family education. Overall, the project demonstrated the efficacy in readmission prevention by using nurses who staff a call center to conduct post-hospitalization telephone calls.

KEYWORDS:

Bronchiolitis; Readmission prevention; Telenursing

PMID:
25193689
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedn.2014.08.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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