COMMENTARY: A nurse-led clinical pathway reduced hospitalizations in nursing home residents with pneumonia

Sacks, Henry S.
November 2006
ACP Journal Club;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 145 Issue 3, p81
Academic Journal
The article describes how the use of mid-level practitioners and clinical pathways can reduce hospitalization of nursing house (NH) residents with pneumonia. The results show that, at least in Canada, a clinical pathway for on-site treatment administered by a trained study nurse can reduce hospitalization of NH residents with pneumonia, without compromising outcomes. Use of the pathway reduced hospitalizations by more than half and led to savings worth U.S. $1000 per patient.


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