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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...
Animated Eagle Book Series 10/01/08

This series of four animated children's books promotes diabetes education and encourages a return to traditional ways, including physical activity and healthy eating. While the characters and books were originally designed to provide culturally based information for Native American children in kindergarten through fourth grade, the series may appeal to children and parents of all cultures.

The series of videos includes:

  • Through the Eyes of the Eagle (tells children...
The STAndards for BipoLar Excellence (STABLE) Resource Toolkit 09/22/08

The STABLE Resource Toolkit is part of the The STAndards for BipoLar Excellence (STABLE) Project. The toolkit provides quality improvement resources to assist clinicians in the identification and management of bipolar disorder. The resources in the kit include assessment instruments, documentation templates, flow charts, and checklists.

Topics covered include:

  • How to use the toolkit
  • Depression screening
  • Bipolar disorder screening
  • ...
Screening for Type 2 Diabetes in Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations - Summaries for Patients 09/16/08

This summary for patients provides information on clinical recommendations for screening for type 2 diabetes.

It addresses the following questions:

  • What is the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)?
  • What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
  • How did the USPSTF develop these recommendations?
  • What did the USPSTF find?
  • What does the USPSTF suggest that patients do?
  • What are the cautions related to these...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health-Related Quality-of-Life 14-Item Measure 09/16/08

This questionnaire measures an individual's or population's health-related quality of life. Physicians can use this to measure the effects of chronic illness in their patients to better understand how an illness interferes with a person's day-to-day life. It can also help public health providers identify subgroups with poor physical or mental health, and can help guide policies or interventions to improve their health.

The questionnaire includes the standard 4-item set of “...

Nursing Assistant Ostomy Competency Tool 09/16/08

This tool is used to rate nursing assistants on their performance of critical elements of care for patients with existing ostomies. This does not apply to patients with new postoperative ostomies.

Elements of the evaluation include:

  • Discussion with primary nurse regarding the plan of care
  • Communication with the patient
  • Providing privacy for the patient
  • Ability to list supplies needed for the appliance change
  • Ability to describe...
National Children's Dental Health Month Campaign 08/20/08

Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Designed for members of a dental team, teachers, and parents, the campaign includes free online resources that can help with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom, and coloring and activity sheets that can be used as handouts.

The campaign materials include:

  • Planning planning guide
  • Posters for...
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...
GRACE Interdisciplinary Team Suggestions 08/08/08

The GRACE (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders) Interdisciplinary Team Suggestions guide health care providers as they develop and implement individualized care plans for low-income seniors to improve quality of care.

The tools are based on the GRACE model, which uses nurse practitioners and social workers who work together as a support team, first meeting with low-income seniors to conduct a comprehensive geriatric assessment, and then with a larger...

Forming a Community-Based Network: A Handbook 08/01/08

This handbook provides information on forming a community-based network for community members who wish to become involved in maintaining their elderly neighbors in their homes. It is also for public health and social service agencies, area agencies on aging, and others who recognize the value of community caring and the potential for neighbors to augment the services that they, as agencies, provide. By receiving in-home social support and health care, elders are able to stay in their homes...

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