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Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet 12/08/08

This worksheet helps to reduce intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU including:

  • What work needs to happen for the patient to leave the ICU
  • What is the greatest safety risk to the patient
  • What are the key processes for ventilator patients
  • What are the scheduled labs for the patient
  • Catheter care
  • What can be done to assist in...
5 Million Lives Campaign. Getting Started Kit: Prevent Central Line Infections How-to Guide 11/25/08

This guide is designed to help health care providers prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections by implementing the five components of care called the “central line bundle.” The central line bundle is a group of evidence-based interventions for patients with intravascular central catheters that, when implemented together, result in better outcomes than when implemented individually. The science supporting each bundle component is sufficiently established to be considered the standard...

Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk 11/25/08

This rating scale for nurses and other health care providers predicts a patient’s level of risk for developing pressure ulcers. The scale is composed of six subscales that measure functional capabilities of the patient that contribute to either higher intensity and duration of pressure or lower tissue tolerance for pressure.

The six subscales include:

  • Sensory perception
  • Moisture
  • Activity
  • Mobility
  • Nutrition
  • Friction and...
Speaking Together Toolkit 11/24/08

This toolkit offers detailed guidance for building a high-quality language services program. Each section of the toolkit includes steps that guide management of operations and provides strategies to improve services in many care settings.

The toolkit provides the information and resources needed to:

  • Identify individuals, strategies, and tools to build and improve language services
  • Evaluate and improve the quality of an existing language services program...
Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide 11/12/08

This 241-page guide helps hospitals implement practices to become more patient centered. It outlines best practices and addresses common barriers to implementing patient-centered care.
It addresses the following topics:

  • Patient-centered care: An idea whose time has come
  • How to use the patient-centered care improvement guide
  • Self-assessment tool
  • Patient-centered care as culture change
  • The myths of patient-centered care
  • ...
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...
Pediatric Early Warning (PEW) Score System 10/01/08

The Pediatric Early Warning (PEW) score system can help nurses assess pediatric patients objectively using vital signs in the pediatric intensive care unit. The scoring system takes into account the child’s behavior, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms.

The Transforming Care at the Bedside Toolkit 09/26/08

This toolkit provides information for hospital units interested in adopting the “Transforming Care at the Bedside” (TCAB) model of nurse-initiated quality improvements. TCAB is a national program developed and managed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Its goal is to engage front-line hospital nurses and leaders at all levels of the organization to:

  • Improve the quality and safety of patient care on medical and surgical...
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative 09/03/08

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) USA is implementing the global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies and gives special recognition to...

Putting Clinical Practice Guidelines to Work in VHA 09/03/08

This electronic guide helps clinical members and staff of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers achieve evidence-based practice through promotion and implementation of successful clinical practice guidelines.

The guide includes the following sections:

  • Leadership responsibilities
  • Implementation overview
  • Effective teamwork
  • Planning for action
  • Making change happen
  • Measuring effects

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