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Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding 03/31/11

This toolkit, published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, addresses the Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding.

Part 1: Guidelines for Data Collection is designed to aid hospitals and maternity facilities in accurate collection of data needed to comply with this measure.

Part 2: Implementing Practices That Improve Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding focuses on improving adherence to evidence-based best...

Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) 02/16/11

This Web site provides information and tools related to a 2-year study that is currently underway in the Partners HealthCare System (PHS), entitled Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety). The study aims to prevent patient falls in hospitals by identifying better ways to communicate information about a patient's risk for falls, and working with patients and family members to put a plan in place to prevent falls.

This multiphase study will result in the development...

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 01/31/11

This guide for hospitals shows how to combine concepts from multiple disciplines into a plan for improving communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care. It provides suggestions on how hospitals can address patient needs, meet the new patient-centered communication standards, and comply with Joint Commission requirements.

The guide includes:

  • Example practices
  • Information on laws and regulations
  • Links to supplemental...
Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 01/20/11

This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety. This resource list is not exhaustive but is provided to give initial guidance to hospitals looking for information about patient safety initiatives. This document will be updated periodically.

The resources are organized into the following categories:

  • General resources
  • Resources by...
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and Implementation Manual 2009 Edition 01/17/11

The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist reinforces accepted safety practices and fosters better communication and teamwork between clinical disciplines. The checklist is not a regulatory device or a component of official policy; it is intended as a tool for use by clinicians interested in improving the safety of their operations and reducing unnecessary surgical deaths and complications. These safety checks can be performed in any operating room. The checklist includes...

Diet Wheel to Ensure Correct Patient Diets and Reduce Errors 12/09/10

This diet wheel, developed for dietary and nursing staffs, provides correct patient diet orders as directed by physicians. The wheel, posted outside patient rooms, helps to improve communication and educate families and staff about the patient’s proper dietary needs.

Bronson Methodist Hospital Patient Handouts 11/04/10

These resources can be used to educate patients on a wide range of health issues. The resources available include guides, brochures, flyers, and more.

Topics covered are:

  • Brain and nerves
  • Burn
  • Coumadin ® (also known as warfarin)
  • Fall prevention
  • Heart
  • Hip replacement
  • Intravenous access
  • Lovenox
  • Pulmonary
  • Safety issues
  • Self catheterization
  • Stool...
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) 09/20/10

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) are a set of decisionmaking and research tools for program managers, researchers, and others at the Federal, State, and local levels. Broken into four modules, the tools provide ways to measure quality associated with processes of care that occur in an outpatient or an inpatient setting based on hospital discharge data.

The four modules are:

  • Prevention QIs: Identify...
Hospital Overcrowding 07/12/10

The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the “full capacity protocol,” which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion. This information may be helpful in changing the culture that surrounds the issues related to hospital overcrowding.

Resources include:

  • Overcrowding PowerPoint presentation—contains information on length of stay, nurse–...
Pediatric Documentation Templates 04/28/10

These templates for acute and chronic conditions can assist providers when documenting a visit in an electronic health record by increasing the efficiency with which a visit is documented and enhancing adherence to clinical guidelines for those conditions. The templates are based on national guidelines and may be modified to suit a particular clinical practice’s needs.

Template examples available for download:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis and...

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