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Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals and Health Systems 09/14/11

This tool is designed to help hospital executives and others develop best practices in tobacco use policies and protocols.

The 32-page Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals & Health Systems, was vetted by hospital administrators and clinicians from across the United States. It contains step-by-step directions, examples, and tools that can help hospitals achieve their missions, improve care, bolster employee health, and boost the bottom line.

The...

Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: A Guide for Hospital Leaders 09/01/11

This guide for hospital leaders presents the evidence for racial and ethnic disparities in health care and provides the rationale for addressing them with a focus on quality, cost, risk management, and accreditation. The guide also highlights case studies and model practices, and recommends activities and resources that can help hospitals identify and address disparities in order to achieve equity for patients.

The guide is divided into the following sections:

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Health Care Leader Action Guide to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions 08/04/11

This guide for hospital leaders and administrators provides strategies to assess, prioritize, implement, and monitor efforts to reduce avoidable readmissions and reduce costs in the health care system. A four-step approach is presented as an approach to follow at different stages of the care. The four steps are:

  1. Examine your hospital’s current rate of readmissions
  2. Assess and prioritize your improvement opportunities
  3. Develop an action plan of strategies to implement...
STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials 08/03/11

The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and is focused on two components:

  • A multistate learning community to improve transitions of care
  • Targeted technical assistance to address systemic barriers to reducing avoidable rehospitalizations

The project Web site includes the following materials:

  • STAAR...
NKEplus 05/24/11

NKEplus is a build on the original Nurse Knowledge Exchange (NKE) designed in 2004. This communication system for nursing units in hospitals supports better care and safety for patients and staff. The tools incorporate strategies to manage bedside care, shift change, and distractions to increase quality of care for all parties. The system, used by the project manager/improvement adviser and unit staff, is adaptable to various stages of care and used when needed within the unit.

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Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care 04/21/11

This toolkit for health care professionals in hospitals provides ways to implement effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care. The document includes an implementation guide with tools and resources, organized under six major questions to be used by a team leading the effort to plan and put the strategies into practice. The tools and resources are designed to be used by multiple audiences and for different purposes.

The six...

Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum 03/31/11

The Performance Measurement Network Q &A Forum is a Joint Commission Web site that offers users the ability to browse and search Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and to pose new questions regarding The Joint Commission's ORYX ® initiative, performance measurement requirements, and measure specifications. It also provides links to measure specifications manuals for the National Quality Core Measures and National Hospital Quality Measures.

Users can search the...

Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding 03/31/11

This toolkit, published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, addresses the Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding.

Part 1: Guidelines for Data Collection is designed to aid hospitals and maternity facilities in accurate collection of data needed to comply with this measure.

Part 2: Implementing Practices That Improve Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding focuses on improving adherence to evidence-based best...

Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) 02/16/11

This Web site provides information and tools related to a 2-year study that is currently underway in the Partners HealthCare System (PHS), entitled Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety). The study aims to prevent patient falls in hospitals by identifying better ways to communicate information about a patient's risk for falls, and working with patients and family members to put a plan in place to prevent falls.

This multiphase study will result in the development...

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 01/31/11

This guide for hospitals shows how to combine concepts from multiple disciplines into a plan for improving communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care. It provides suggestions on how hospitals can address patient needs, meet the new patient-centered communication standards, and comply with Joint Commission requirements.

The guide includes:

  • Example practices
  • Information on laws and regulations
  • Links to supplemental...

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