Background: Heart failure is one of the leading causes of hospitalizations and increased health care costs in the United States. Many patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, resulting in increased costs. Purpose of Capstone Project: The purpose of this capstone project was to improve heart failure education for patients admitted with heart failure to Mercy Medical Center by utilizing Emmi educational videos in order to decrease the risk of hospital readmissions, improve quality of life, and decrease costs. Methods: The project focused on educating nurses about the importance of utilizing the video. It was asked of the nurses that each patient admitted with a diagnosis of heart failure have the opportunity to watch the educational video prior to discharge. The number of patients with heart failure that were given the opportunity to watch the Emmi educational video was collected. The evaluation of this project was a comparison of the number of Emmi educational videos utilized before the implementation of the Capstone Project to the numbers of videos utilized after the implementation. Results: When comparing the ordering of the Emmi videos after implementation to before the implementation, there was a noticeable increase in Emmi usage. This included the ordering for all categories of the heart failure Emmi and the general heart failure Emmi. Unfortunately, ordering the Emmi did not mean that the video was utilized. Recommendations: It was recommend that the utilization of Emmi videos be continued. Nurses need continued encouragement to utilize the video and not just order it. It was also recommended that APRNs and PAs focus on ordering and implementing the Emmi videos. Lastly, making Emmi utilization a function of case managers, cardiac rehab nurses, and discharge nurses was recommended.
McCord, Elizabeth, "Improving Heart Failure Education Prior to Discharge: An Emmi Implementation Project" (2017). The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing Student Works. 1.