Web site spotlight: Hospital educates patients on dangers of PAD

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 12, 2010

Hospitals look for ways to improve patient education all the time. Once in a while, this education pays dividends on multiple levels-as in the case of Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL, where an education program on peripheral arterial disease (PAD) not only showed that a significant portion of the facility's constituency had PAD, but also increased downstream revenue by nearly $500,000.

The program's original intent was to raise community awareness, standardize treatment, document outcome measures, and increase communication among those working with Parrish who provided care for PAD patients.

Nurse educator Marialice Knight, RN, BSN, started the program at Parrish.

"In 2003 ... I became aware of the PARTNERS study, which performed ankle-brachial indexes [ABI] on close to 7,000 patients," says Knight. "They found that 29% were positive for peripheral arterial disease. It was interesting that less than half of their physicians were aware their patients had PAD."

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