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A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals 12/07/09

The Compendium is a set of strategies designed for acute care hospitals to prevent six of the most common health care–associated infections: Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections. The strategies of basic infection surveillance, control, and prevention recommendations in hospitals can lead to...

On the CUSP: Stop Blood Stream Infections - Resources 10/15/09

The resources from the Stop Blood Stream Infections (“Stop BSI”) program aim to eliminate catheter-related bloodstream infections and their associated costs. Similar efforts in Michigan were successful in nearly eliminating these infections by reducing the median rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections to zero. 

The Stop BSI program includes a variety of resources including:

  • Educational sessions
  • The Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Toolkit,...
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...
Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings, 2nd Edition 07/01/09

This document provides evidence-based practice guidance for the elimination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission in hospital settings.

The main components of this guide are:

  • MRSA risk assessment
  • MRSA surveillance programs
  • Compliance with basic infection prevention and control strategies: hand hygiene
  • Compliance with basic infection prevention and control strategies: contact precautions
  • ...
What You Can Do to Avoid Medication Errors 07/01/09

This fact sheet provides tips on how to avoid medication errors in the following settings:

  • Personal/home care
  • Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory care/outpatient clinic
  • Hospital inpatient care
Your Discharge Planning Checklist: For Patients and Their Caregivers Preparing to Leave a Hospital, Nursing Home, or Other Care Setting 06/10/09

This patient handout can help patients, caregivers and medical staff communicate as they prepare to leave a hospital, nursing home, or other health care setting. The booklet provides many questions and prompts for patients and caregivers so they can gather information to assure a safe discharge.

Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 06/07/09

In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the United States and internationally have implemented the survey.

In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their safety culture survey results to other hospitals, AHRQ funded the development of a comparative...

Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Resources 04/28/09

This database for hospitals tracks and identifies incidents of prehospital cardiac arrest. The program consolidates all essential data elements of a prehospital cardiac arrest event in an efficient manner. With this standardized collection system, participants can track emergency care system performance in several, tailored reports.

The resources included on the Web site can help interested hospitals initiate the program in their community. They include:
  • CARES emergency medical...
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...
Central Line Procedural Checklist 12/08/08

This checklist is used to document activities that are considered standard practice in a critical care unit before, during, and after a central line procedure. It helps to insure that all processes related to central line placement are executed for each line placement, thereby leading to a reliable process.

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