Stage of Care


Interior Design Manual: For New Construction and Renovations of Hospitals and Clinics 01/03/13

The purpose of the Interior Design Manual is to aid in the translation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Master Specifications into patient-centered design solutions. Design solutions should improve the quality of life and productivity as well as protect the health, safety, and welfare of the veterans, visitors, and staff. Interior design is a major component in establishing and maintaining an environment that is professional, therapeutic, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and...

Choose Your Cover: Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Toolkit 12/17/12

This toolkit can help organizers develop a Choose Your Cover skin cancer awareness, education, and free screening program in their community. This program brings free skin cancer screenings; complimentary sunscreen; and a wealth of vital skin safety information, involving cancer detection, prevention, and sun smart precautions, directly to the at-risk population of people who spend extended time in the sun—at the beach, ballpark, and other outdoor venues.

The toolkit...

The Patient-Centered Medical Home and Specialty Physicians 12/17/12

This Web page from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides resources to help further develop the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model to integrate with specialty and subspecialty practices.

This model development is being addressed by the Council of Specialty Societies PCMH Workgroup and through collaborative initiatives between ACP and various specialty and subspecialty societies.

Resources include the following:

  • ACP position paper...
Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns: What You Can Do To Help 12/04/12

The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative aims to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. This toolkit provides action-oriented resources for health care providers and community-based organizations to use in helping expectant mothers get safe, evidence-based care, and improve their newborn’s chances for good physical and developmental health.

Resources include the following:

  • Patient safety checklists
  • Late-term...
Diabetes Self-Management: Resource Toolkit for African Americans With Diabetes 12/04/12

This toolkit provides information and links to resources that support African Americans with diabetes in managing their diabetes. The resources include booklets, tip sheets, podcasts, and a video.

Expecting Success Toolkit 12/03/12

The Expecting Success Toolkit provides tips for hospitals on improving the quality of care and reducing disparities.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • You Can Live With Heart Failure: Includes the Living With Heart Failure Health Calendar (also available in Spanish)
  • Instructions for inserting your logo into the Heart Failure Calendar
  • Thinking About Disparities : Includes readiness to survey, promotional wall...
Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation 11/13/12

This report provides recommendations, strategies, and action steps for implementation by policymakers and others to help combat and prevent obesity. It identifies strategies that individually have the greatest potential reach and impact on preventing obesity, based on research evidence and the current level of progress in each area. For each strategy, the report also suggests a set of actions that are likely to make a positive contribution to that strategy's achievement based on research...

Team Up. Pressure Down. 11/12/12

This nationwide program aims to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension through patient–pharmacist engagement. The videos and resources on this page can help patients, pharmacists, and health care providers better understand high blood pressure and the steps they can take to prevent or treat it.

Resources include the following:

  • Blood pressure journal
  • Medication tracker wallet card
  • Pocket discussion tool
  • Drug Adherence Work-up (DRAW ©) tool...
Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit 11/01/12

This toolkit is designed to provide health care facilities with a general guide to the implementation of a successful antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP). The goal of an ASP is to manage and ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics, while minimizing resistance to and the costs of antibiotic therapy.

The resources included are intended to provide a basic framework that can be tailored to suit institutions irrespective of the facility’s size, academic teaching status, staffing...

Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship 11/01/12

The aim of this toolkit is to assist hospital staff and leadership in developing an effective antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) with the potential to reduce Clostridium difficile infection ( C. difficile ). An ASP is a systematic approach to developing coordinated interventions to reduce overuse and inappropriate selection of antibiotics, and to achieve optimal outcomes for patients in cost-efficient ways.

This toolkit is organized by four major questions...


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