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Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Rescue Workers Can Do 03/19/08

This booklet describes what police, fire, and other first responders can do to help children who experience trauma due to violence or disaster.

This booklet provides the following information:

  • Coping with trauma after violence and disasters
  • What is trauma?
  • Helping young trauma survivors
  • How rescue workers can help
  • Help for all people in the first days and weeks
  • How children react to trauma
    • Children under 5...
The Emergency Pharmacist Research Center: A Safety Measure in Emergency Medicine 03/19/08

These slide presentations and other related tools can assist hospitals, pharmacists, and emergency departments in their efforts to describe, justify, and implement new emergency pharmacist programs.

The slide presentations, which are accompanied by associated tools, include the following sections:

  • Justification
    • Provides a review of the literature that helps justify the need for an emergency pharmacist program
  • Role of the emergency pharmacist
      ...
The Curricula for Simulated Obstetric Emergency Response Drills & Safety (CORDS™) 03/19/08

The CORDS (Curricula for Simulated Obstetric Emergency Response Drills & Safety) toolkit was designed to use military and aviation style simulation experiences to prepare labor and delivery staff for an obstetrical emergency. The toolkit also includes information about the importance of communication and teamwork.

Door-to-Doc Patient Safety Toolkit 03/19/08

Door to Doc is a patient flow redesign process that improves the safety of care for patients in the emergency department (ED) by reducing the time patients wait to be seen and by expediting admission to the most appropriate hospital unit.

The method for implementing the Door-to-Doc process flow in diverse emergency departments was based on a change model that recognizes the need for robust technical solutions along with acceptance of the change by those affected. It involved two...

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Community Members Can Do 03/19/08

This booklet describes what teachers, clergy, and other adults in the community can do to help children who experience trauma due to violence or disaster.

This booklet provides the following information:

  • Coping with trauma after violence and disasters
  • What is trauma?
  • Helping young trauma survivors
  • How community members can help
  • Help for all people in the first days and weeks
  • How children react to trauma
    • Children...
Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients 12/17/07

This tool is intended for health care professionals, students, and ancillary personnel who have minimal experience working with homeless patients.

Recognizing that standard clinical practice guidelines often fail to take into consideration the unique health care challenges faced by displaced people, the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network convened an advisory committee comprised of six health and social service providers to develop standards for the...

Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports: Wallet Card 12/17/07

The wallet card, part of the toolkit for coaches entitled Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports, helps high school sports coaches educate themselves, athletes, parents, and school officials about sports-related concussion.

The card includes:

  • Signs and symptoms that may indicate a concussion has occurred
  • Action plan if a concussion is suspected

This wallet card also allows users to record the phone numbers for the following:

  • Emergency...
Testing for BNP and NT-proBNP in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Heart Failure: Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 12/17/07

This evidence report presents the results of a systematic review to evaluate B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP) as promising markers for heart failure diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

The evidence report is organized as follows:

  • Introduction
    • BNPs
    • Heart failure
    • Determinants of BNPs
    • Diagnosis of heart failure using BNPs
    • Prognostic utility of BNPs
    • Treatment monitoring using BNPs
    • ...
Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs 12/17/07

This Web site is part of a campaign to increase awareness of the need to act quickly when someone may be having a heart attack. The campaign urges physicians to educate patients about heart attack risk, warning signs, and survival and offers educational materials for the public and health care professionals. The Web site includes information based on material developed by the Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment (REACT) research program.

This tool addresses the following...

Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports: Clipboard Sticker 12/17/07

This clipboard sticker is part of the toolkit for coaches, Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports. It presents signs and symptoms that may indicate a concussion has occurred, along with an action plan and a place to record emergency phone numbers.

High school coaches can use the toolkit materials to:

  • Educate themselves, athletes, parents, and school officials about sports-related concussion
  • Work with school officials to develop an action plan for...

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