Thursday, July 2, 2015

Intervention Efforts Leads to Reduced Risk for Liver Patients

A nurse-led intervention improved rates of vaccination for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B for patients awaiting liver transplantation, ultimately reducing the risk of disease and other post-transplant complications, according to an article in Medscape Medical News.
During the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015 National Conference Shari Perez of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona told attendees that patients were nearly 9.5 times more likely to complete the vaccination series after a nurse intervention system was implemented at the clinic.

The new protocol incorporated a vaccine tracking system using the department database, and improvements to order entry for required vaccines and vaccine-scheduling practices.  The protocol also involved patient mail-in vaccination cards and an electronic medical record patient-flagging system for providers.

The full article is available here. (Free registration required.)

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