Empirical Quality Outcomes

Winner of the New El Camino Hospital Teamwork in Action Award

The Pain Management Improvement A3 Team was honored with the Teamwork in Action Award this past year. Highlights of the team's work include:
  • Development and distribution of new patient education brochures on how to manage pain.
  • Development of patient teaching fliers: Constipation Management as well as Opioid Tapering.
  • Development of non-pharmacological pain management methods with associated education.
  • Development and securing funding for a Pain Management Pharmacy Specialist.
Pain Pharmacist Jess Chi
Pain Pharmacist Jess Chi (center) reviews pain management options with Pelvic Health Coordinator Athena Lendvay, RN (right), and direct care nurse Alyssa Santos, RN.

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Sepsis Program Top Accomplishments of 2017:

  1. Created a process for the identification and treatment of obstetric patients with sepsis.
  2. Expanded Sepsis Alert to include emergency departments of both campuses.
  3. Expanded the Sepsis Program to 1.5 FTEs.
  4. Application for disease specific certification in sepsis accepted by The Joint Commission.
  5. Sustained emergency department IVF/NICOM goal beyond stretch goal of 80% compliance for more than 11 months.
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ED Stroke Treatment Times

Stroke Care Improvements at El Camino Hospital

  • Improved process in the Emergency department (ED) led to improvements in Door-to-Drug time in treating stroke. These faster times are directly related to improved teamwork between the ED and neurologists.
    • Fastest stroke treatment time ever for the program. Door-to-Drug in 21 minutes! The National Goal is 60 minutes.
    • More times under 30 minutes and under 45 minutes than ever before.
  • Renewal of the Neurointerventional Program, leading to increased education for all stroke nurses.
  • In 2017 treated 592 stroke patients, a 16% growth over the previous three years.
  • For the 11th year in a row, El Camino Hospital has received the highest awards possible from the American Heart/Stroke Association for meeting Core and Quality measures and tPA times.