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Nursing Home eTool 07/21/09

This graphical Web-based training tool on occupational safety and health topics is designed to assist employers and employees in identifying and controlling the hazards associated with nursing homes and residential care facilities. lt can help employers in developing and implementing engineering and work practice controls which comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements and could be incorporated into a facility’s safety and health plan to reduce the hazards of...

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture 06/30/09

This set of assessment surveys and tools can be used by nursing home providers and staff to:

  • Assess their patient safety culture
  • Track changes in patient safety over time
  • Evaluate the impact of patient safety interventions

The Nursing Home Survey Toolkit includes:

  • Survey form
  • Survey items and dimensions
  • Survey user's guide
  • Nursing home survey feedback report template
  • Comparative database
  • ...
Your Discharge Planning Checklist: For Patients and Their Caregivers Preparing to Leave a Hospital, Nursing Home, or Other Care Setting 06/10/09

This patient handout can help patients, caregivers and medical staff communicate as they prepare to leave a hospital, nursing home, or other health care setting. The booklet provides many questions and prompts for patients and caregivers so they can gather information to assure a safe discharge.

A Guide to Quality in Consumer-Directed Services 12/10/08

This guide is designed to provide States and programs involved in consumer-directed services for individuals with disabilities with a practical handbook on ensuring and improving the quality of services.

The guide presents a systematic approach for linking planning and quality in consumer-directed systems. It also focuses on the development of quality monitoring and improvement strategies.

It is based on a philosophy that the views of the major program stakeholders—...

Survey User's Guide: Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety 09/26/08

This user's guide provides a general overview of the issues and major decisions involved in conducting the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture and reporting the results.
 

  • Part One of the guide presents information about data collection and how to organize and plan a survey project.
  • Part Two includes the nursing home survey form, an overview of the survey items, and a sample page from the Microsoft PowerPoint ® Survey Feedback Template....
Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults 06/04/08

Try This is a series of assessment tools where each issue focuses on a topic specific to the older adult population. The content is directed to orient and encourage all nurses to understand the special needs of older adults and to utilize the highest standards of practice in caring for the elderly. Each “Try This” issue is a two-page document with a description of why the topic is important when caring for older patients on the first page, and an assessment tool that can be administered in...

Best Practice Intervention Tools for Fall Prevention 05/26/08

Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP) were designed for use by any home health agency to support efforts to reduce avoidable acute care hospitalizations. Any home care clinician can use the free educational materials. The topic of this package is falls prevention. It includes the following:

  • Intervention package
    • Leadership track
    • Nurse track
    • Therapist track
    • Medical social worker track
    • Home health aide
    • Examples of excellence
    • ...
Partnering with Your Doctor: A Guide for Persons with Memory Problems and Their Caregivers 03/19/08

Partnering with Your Doctor: A Guide for Persons with Memory Problems and Their Caregivers will help patients learn about memory problem diagnosis. It is also helpful for caregivers assisting someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness. Providers can give this guide to patients to help them learn about a memory problem and to caregivers who assist individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness.

The guide provides information about:

  • When is memory...
A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: Safe Medication Practices Workbook 12/17/07

This 200-page resource manual outlines a systems approach to medication management in long-term care. It is designed to provide nursing home staff with a step-by-step guide through the key processes of a comprehensive medication management system and address areas that can lead to the reduction of medication errors. In addition, tools are offered as strategies to reduce the incidence and harm of errors.

The topics addressed in this manual include the following:

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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
    • ...

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