A quality improvement plan to reduce 30-day readmissions of heart failure patients

J Nurs Care Qual. 2014 Jul-Sep;29(3):280-6. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000038.


An evidence-based quality initiative to decrease heart failure 30-day readmissions was implemented at a hospital in Florida. Heart failure education and postdischarge telephone contact were provided to patients determined to be at high risk of readmission using risk stratification tools. The rate during the project decreased 13% as compared to the same time period in the previous year and 8.5% from the 2012 year to date rate.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Florida
  • Heart Failure*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient Readmission*
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Telemedicine