Acute care


BOOSTing (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions) Care Transitions Resource Room 10/01/08

The BOOSTing (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions) Care Transitions Resource Room provides a wealth of materials to help hospitals optimize the discharge process.

These tools can help to:

  • Analyze current workflow processes
  • Select effective interventions
  • Redesign workflow and implement interventions
  • Educate your team on best practices
  • Promote a team approach to safe and effective discharges
  • Evaluate your...
Pediatric Early Warning (PEW) Score System 10/01/08

The Pediatric Early Warning (PEW) score system can help nurses assess pediatric patients objectively using vital signs in the pediatric intensive care unit. The scoring system takes into account the child’s behavior, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms.

Making Needles Hurt Less 10/01/08

Making Needles Hurt Less is a guide for caregivers to help children understand and better manage needlesticks. It provides helpful words, actions, and ideas to talk to a child about the painful procedure.

Develop Your "Hospital At Home" Program 08/08/08

Hospital At Home is an innovative health care model that can provide hospital-level care in a patient’s home as a full substitute for acute hospital care until the patient is ready for discharge to their primary care physician.

The Web site contains the following information and tools for organizations that are considering starting their own program:

  • Is your organization ready for Hospital At Home?
    • Innovation readiness assessment
    • Readiness and...
Multidisciplinary Care Toolkit 08/08/08

Multidisciplinary cancer care is a collaborative approach to treatment planning and ongoing care throughout the treatment pathway. Multidisciplinary care aims to ensure that members of the treatment and care team can discuss all relevant aspects of a cancer patient’s physical and psychosocial needs along with other factors impacting upon the patient’s care.

This series of tools was developed to help implement multidisciplinary cancer care:

  • Achieving Best Practice...
Community-Acquired Pneumonia Admission Orders 07/10/08

This form helps to provide standardized initial care for community-acquired pneumonia patients using Infectious Diseases Society of America antibiotic guidelines.

The form prompts the physician to:

  • Use evidence-based antibiotic choices
  • Order venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
  • Choose appropriate antibiotics consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality indicators
Ventilator Bundle Checklist 07/10/08

The Ventilator Bundle Checklist helps track an organization’s compliance with implementing each element of the Ventilator Bundle. The Ventilator Bundle is a series of interventions related to ventilator care that, when implemented together, will achieve significantly better outcomes than when implemented individually.

The key components of the bundle are:

  • Elevation of the head of the bed
  • Daily “sedation vacations” and assessment of readiness to extubate...
California Perinatal Quality of Care Collaborative Quality Improvement Toolkits 06/25/08

California Perinatal Quality of Care Collaborative Toolkits are all inclusive packages to help facilitate improved perinatal outcomes, excellent patient care, and efficient resource allocation at hospitals. The following toolkits are available:

  • Hospital-acquired infection prevention
  • Improving initial lung function: Surfactant and other means
  • Antenatal corticosteroid therapy
  • Postnatal steroid administration
  • Nutritional support of the very...
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...

The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers: Partners for Action: Making Your Health Care Facility Literacy-Friendly 06/04/08

This guide and the review tools found within it offer an approach for analyzing literacy-related barriers to health care access and navigation. This tool focuses on key activities and tasks undertaken by visitors and patients when they enter a health care facility. The findings of such a review could spark discussions and help shape strategies to eliminate literacy barriers and enhance health literacy in health care facilities.

The guide is organized into four main sections:...


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