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Prediction Tools 04/28/10

These tools are a set of computerized calculators to help patients and physicians decide among the major treatment choices for several cancers. The tools can be used to predict the chance of overall survival or cancer spread or assess risk for followup treatments or cancer recurrence.

These tools are available for the following types of cancer:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gastric carcinoma...
SCOAP Surgical Checklist Initiative 03/04/10

The Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) Surgical Checklist Initiative was created by a coalition of major health care stakeholders in Washington State. Through this initiative, they developed the SCOAP Surgical Checklist and the SCOAP Ambulatory Checklist. These checklists are an active way of controlling the variability that exists in surgical care, thus creating a system that delivers safer surgery.

Prevent Pressure Ulcers 02/18/10

The Prevent Pressure Ulcers initiative is part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign. This site offers resources that can help reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

The materials available for download include the following:

  • Getting started kit
  • Mentor hospitals: The organizations on the Mentor Hospital Registry have volunteered to provide support, advice, clinical expertise, and tips to hospitals...
A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals 12/07/09

The Compendium is a set of strategies designed for acute care hospitals to prevent six of the most common health care–associated infections: Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections. The strategies of basic infection surveillance, control, and prevention recommendations in hospitals can lead to...

On the CUSP: Stop Blood Stream Infections - Resources 10/15/09

The resources from the Stop Blood Stream Infections (“Stop BSI”) program aim to eliminate catheter-related bloodstream infections and their associated costs. Similar efforts in Michigan were successful in nearly eliminating these infections by reducing the median rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections to zero. 

The Stop BSI program includes a variety of resources including:

  • Educational sessions
  • The Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Toolkit,...
Oral Health, Cancer Care, and You 09/25/09

This publication series can help health care providers and patients learn more about steps that can be taken before, during, and after cancer treatment to reduce the risk and impact of side effects on oral health. Some of the patient publications are also available in Spanish.

Information for health professionals includes:

  • Dental provider’s oncology pocket guide
  • Oncology pocket guide to oral health
  • Oral complications of cancer treatment: What the...
Central Line Insertion Care Team Checklist 09/25/09

This checklist for clinicians provides critical steps that can help reduce central line-associated infections. It includes key steps before, during, and after the procedure and stresses the need to document any deviations from the checklist.

National Center for Patient Safety 2004 Falls Toolkit 09/03/09

This toolkit is a collection of resources and tools to help patient care facility staff create and improve comprehensive falls prevention programs. The toolkit can be coordinated across disciplines and care areas to reduce falls and fall-related injuries. It can also help in creating an interdisciplinary falls team for reviewing high fall-risk patients and implement interventions to reduce their risk.

The Falls Toolkit provides information on:

  • Designing a falls...
Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) 08/06/09

The Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) is a tool for nurses to help monitor their patients and improve how quickly a patient experiencing a sudden decline receives clinical care. The color-banded patient chart gives a visual cue as to when to calculate a MEWS score.

Scoring is based on:

  • Respiratory rate
  • Heart rate
  • Systolic blood pressure
  • Conscious level
  • Temperature
  • Hourly urine output (for previous 2 hours)
Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings, 2nd Edition 07/01/09

This document provides evidence-based practice guidance for the elimination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission in hospital settings.

The main components of this guide are:

  • MRSA risk assessment
  • MRSA surveillance programs
  • Compliance with basic infection prevention and control strategies: hand hygiene
  • Compliance with basic infection prevention and control strategies: contact precautions
  • ...

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