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Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 01/20/11

This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety. This resource list is not exhaustive but is provided to give initial guidance to hospitals looking for information about patient safety initiatives. This document will be updated periodically.

The resources are organized into the following categories:

  • General resources
  • Resources by...
Baldrige Resource Library 11/04/10

The Baldrige Resource Library is a repository of articles, podcasts, and videos about organizational improvement, quality methods, and leadership approaches that can help change organizations. It is a service of the Alliance for Performance Excellence–a group of State and local associations dedicated to advancing organizational excellence through Baldrige-based programs.

The content of the library is searchable by organization sector, key words, and industry. Health care-related...

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources on Meaningful Use 10/14/10

On July 13, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services released its Final Rule on Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). This rule establishes the criteria with which eligible pediatricians, other health providers, and hospitals must comply to qualify for the incentive payments that are available to clinicians through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The American Academy of Pediatrics developed several resources to guide pediatricians and their...

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) 09/20/10

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) are a set of decisionmaking and research tools for program managers, researchers, and others at the Federal, State, and local levels. Broken into four modules, the tools provide ways to measure quality associated with processes of care that occur in an outpatient or an inpatient setting based on hospital discharge data.

The four modules are:

  • Prevention QIs: Identify...
Health Information Technology Toolkit for Critical Access and Small Hospitals 07/22/10

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Toolkit for Critical Access and Small Hospitals helps these health care organizations assess their readiness and plan, select, implement, make effective use of, and exchange important information about the clients they serve. The toolkit contains numerous resources, including tools for telehealth, health information exchange, and personal health records.

The toolkit supplies a variety of tools for use at different points in HIT adoption. It...

Hospital Overcrowding 07/12/10

The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the “full capacity protocol,” which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion. This information may be helpful in changing the culture that surrounds the issues related to hospital overcrowding.

Resources include:

  • Overcrowding PowerPoint presentation—contains information on length of stay, nurse–...
Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital 06/15/10

This guide for patients can help them care for themselves when they leave the hospital. The easy-to-read guide can be used by both hospital staff and patients during the discharge process and provides a way for patients to track important information, such as:

  • Medication schedules
  • Upcoming medical appointments
  • Questions they may have
  • Important phone numbers
  • Notes about their medical problem
Prevent Pressure Ulcers 02/18/10

The Prevent Pressure Ulcers initiative is part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign. This site offers resources that can help reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

The materials available for download include the following:

  • Getting started kit
  • Mentor hospitals: The organizations on the Mentor Hospital Registry have volunteered to provide support, advice, clinical expertise, and tips to hospitals...
One Size Does Not Fit All: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations 02/17/10

This report for hospitals and health care organizations provides a guide for improving the quality of care for the diverse patient groups. The report includes a self-assessment tool for organizations to assess their current care practices and services, and identify areas for improvement. The tool measures practices over four key themes: building a foundation, collecting and using data to improve services, accommodating the needs of specific populations, and establishing internal and external...

Next Step in Care: Family Caregivers and Health Care Professionals Working Together 01/21/10

Next Step in Care: Family Caregivers and Health Care Professionals Working Together is a campaign that provides information and advice to help family caregivers and health care providers plan safe and smooth transitions for patients when patients move from one care setting to another. Resources are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Topics covered include:

  • For family caregivers
    • Guides for all caregivers
    • Hospital stay and discharge planning...

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