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Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely 09/21/09

This free booklet and video educate consumers about blood thinner medicines.

The 24-page booklet explains how blood thinners can help prevent dangerous blood clots from forming and what to expect when taking these medicines. It includes the following information:

  • About your blood thinner
  • How to take your blood thinner
  • Check your medicine
  • Using other medicines
  • Possible side effects
  • Stay safe while taking your blood...
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...
Care Notebook 08/20/09

The Care Notebook is a tool for families of children with special health care needs to organize information about their child’s chronic health condition. The notebook contains sections that can be filled out as a reference about the child’s health and treatments. It is a transportable tool that can be taken and shared with doctors, other health care professionals, or school or child care personnel.

Parents can use the Care Notebook for the following:

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National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children With Special Needs Tools/Resources 06/28/09

This Web site includes a variety of tools for families, youth, providers, insurers, communities, and States working to provide medical homes for children with special needs. Many materials are available for immediate download through this site. Users are encouraged to adapt these tools to best meet the needs of their child, patient, or client.

Envisioning My Future: A Young Person's Guide to Health Care Transition 06/09/09

This guide, written for youth with special health care needs, helps them prepare for their transition from pediatric health care or service to adult care or service. The guide provides tips for the young person, their parents, and family; transition checklists; and other information to help young patients adjust to the new setting and assure a safe changeover.

Topics covered include:

  • About transition
  • New responsibilities (ages 12-14)
  • Practicing...
Adolescent Health Transition Project 06/07/09

The Adolescent Health Transition Project is designed to help smooth the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs. This site is a resource for information, materials, and links for people interested in health transition issues.

Site contents include:

  • Information for:
    • Teens and young adults
      • Diabetes-specific information
    • Parents and families
      • Diabetes-specific information
      • ...
Clinical Care Guidelines: Asthma 06/07/09

This asthma guideline and the accompanying patient education and other materials can assist physicians in providing optimal care for patients in a cost-effective manner. The guideline focuses on important clinical decisions and actions in the context of overall case management. It is based on empirical evidence, other evidence-based guidelines prepared by nationally recognized groups, and expert consensus about practical considerations in providing care.

This site includes the following...
Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) Toolkit 06/05/09
The Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) toolkit is part of the VIP program, which is designed to develop effective team building and ongoing collaboration among health care providers who do not work together in practice in the same locations or even organizations. It replaces the logistical obstacles of having clinicians meet in person to discuss patient cases with a system of communicating and meeting “virtually” using an appropriate variety of readily available technologies.

The...
Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net: A Practice Coaching Manual 05/25/09

This practice coaching manual can help to improve clinical quality in an ambulatory setting effectively and efficiently.

The manual includes:

  • An overview of practice coaching and how various settings have used it to improve care
  • A summary of important characteristics and skills to look for when recruiting or training a practice coach
  • A description of a time-limited practice coaching intervention that includes a series of activities, companion...
For Women With Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy 05/20/09

This illustrated, 44-page booklet includes information about checking and controlling blood glucose–also called blood sugar–maintaining a healthy diet, staying physically active, and taking tests and diabetes medications during pregnancy.

Topics and resources include:

  • Introduction
  • Taking care of your baby and yourself
  • Your diabetes, before and during your pregnancy
  • Checking your baby’s health during pregnancy
  • About labor and...

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