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Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) Toolkit 12/16/13

The goal of MARQUIS (Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study) is to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely at times of care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital. This study, which was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has produced a set of medication reconciliation tools to reduce medication errors that frequently occur during care transitions.

The...

CLABSI Toolkit – Preventing Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections: Useful Tools, An International Perspective 12/16/13

The overarching goal of the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) toolkit is to provide the most current information and guidance on practices and technology, as well as the most appropriate tools, resources, and education to assist health care organizations in reducing the current burden associated with CLABSIs.

The toolkit is separated into the following chapters and sections:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Types of central venous catheters and...
The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard: An Assessment Tool for Employers To Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Related Health Conditions 12/10/13

This tool is designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have applied evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The CDC Health ScoreCard can establish benchmarks and track improvements (evaluation) over time for various health topics and promotion programs.

The tool contains 100 questions that assess how evidence-based health promotion...

Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures 12/06/13

This guide, for primary health care practitioners, researchers, and measurement experts, provides measures and practices for integrating behavioral health care into primary care, or preparing for integration. The atlas focuses on the components of quality that support and guide integration of services by—

  • Presenting a framework for understanding measurement of integrated care
  • Providing a list of existing measures relevant to integrated behavioral health care
  • ...
Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff 11/29/13

The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework and practical, evidenced-based guidance for primary care teams to adopt and successfully implement health assessments in primary care practices.

The guide can help any practice interested in health assessments:

  • Practices with limited experience in implementing health assessments
  • Practices that have struggled with implementing health assessments in the past
  • Practices experienced in implementing...
Potential Measures for Clinical–Community Relationships: A Supplement to the Clinical–Community Relationships Measures Atlas 11/25/13

This report is a supplement to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Clinical–Community Relationships Measures (CCRM) Atlas, which provides a list of existing measures for assessing the structures, processes, and outcomes associated with clinical–community relationships for prevention. In this supplement, the investigators suggest 52 potential measures or measurement concepts that could be developed to fill the gaps in measurements for domains included in the Atlas....

Medication Safety Tools 11/19/13

These three online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors.

The following tools are available:

  • High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of...
Ask Suicide-Screening Questions 11/05/13

This screening tool, called the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ), is a set of four questions that emergency department nurses or physicians can administer to help identify youth at risk for attempting suicide.

 

Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 11/05/13

The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults. It is intended for use by acute care hospitals that serve critically ill adults in dedicated ICUs. This enhanced protocol provides a scientific foundation for...

Eating Disorders in the Emergency Department: Critical Points for the Recognition and Medical Management of Individuals With Eating Disorders in the Acute Care Setting 11/05/13

This guide for emergency department staff and clinicians is intended as a resource to promote recognition and prevention of medical morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders.

The guide covers the following topics:

  • Common presenting signs and symptoms of eating disorders
  • Emergency department evaluation
  • Acute malnutrition as a medical emergency
  • Emergency department management

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