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Flu.gov 11/23/09

This Web site provides comprehensive government-wide information on seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird), and pandemic influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policymakers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities. It also provides news, tools, fact sheets, videos, and links to social networking Web sites for the public to connect to local information.

This site is organized into the following sections:...

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work 11/16/09

This Web site educates pharmacists, health care providers, and the general public about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

This site includes the following information and resources:

  • Respiratory illnesses: When antibiotics are and aren’t needed for specific upper respiratory infections
  • A chart to know which common illnesses are usually viral or bacterial and when antibiotics are necessary
  • ...
Deploy Rapid Response Teams 03/15/09

These tools, which are part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign, can help a hospital establish a rapid response team program. A rapid response team is composed of clinicians who bring critical care expertise to the patient bedside (or wherever it is needed) to prevent deaths in patients who are failing outside intensive care settings.

This site is organized into the following sections:
  • Getting started kit
  • Campaign mentor hospitals...
Patient Care Portfolio 01/19/09

This portfolio offers nurses a reliable method for developing evidence-based workforce plans to support existing hospital services or the development of new ones.

It has two distinct but interrelated elements that should be used together:

  • Element 1—The acuity/dependency tool has been developed to help the United Kingdom’s National Health Service hospitals measure patient acuity and dependency to inform evidence-based decision making on nursing staffing and...
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...

Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action 12/17/07

This 39-page workbook will help State leaders develop the information needed to support quality improvement efforts for asthma-related health care. The written exercises help users begin to think about effective partnerships, assembly of State data, questions to raise about interpretation of the data, and quality improvement techniques.

The following modules are presented in this workbook:

  • Module 1: Making the case for asthma care quality improvement
    • Assess the...
Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action 12/17/07

This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions. The Resource Guide and its complementary Workbook can serve as tools for sharing the expertise, ideas, knowledge, and solutions of those involved in...

Healthy Pregnancy: When to Call the Baby's Doctor Print and Go Guide 12/17/07

Even small changes in eating, sleeping, and crying can be signs of serious problems for newborns. This guide helps new mothers identify some of the symptoms that require a pediatrician’s attention.

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