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EPITOME (Enhanced Patient Safety Intervention to Optimize Medication Education) Tools 07/10/08

EPITOME (Enhanced Patient Safety Intervention to Optimize Medication Education) is an evidence-based, multi-modal patient medication education program. It draws on health behavior change theory and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, including structured medication education, administrative support and staff training, established quality improvement techniques, and consistent use of adjunctive and supportive information technology and automated systems, to maximize the impact of...

Community-Acquired Pneumonia Admission Orders 07/10/08

This form helps to provide standardized initial care for community-acquired pneumonia patients using Infectious Diseases Society of America antibiotic guidelines.

The form prompts the physician to:

  • Use evidence-based antibiotic choices
  • Order venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
  • Choose appropriate antibiotics consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality indicators
Ventilator Bundle Checklist 07/10/08

The Ventilator Bundle Checklist helps track an organization’s compliance with implementing each element of the Ventilator Bundle. The Ventilator Bundle is a series of interventions related to ventilator care that, when implemented together, will achieve significantly better outcomes than when implemented individually.

The key components of the bundle are:

  • Elevation of the head of the bed
  • Daily “sedation vacations” and assessment of readiness to extubate...
California Perinatal Quality of Care Collaborative Quality Improvement Toolkits 06/25/08

California Perinatal Quality of Care Collaborative Toolkits are all inclusive packages to help facilitate improved perinatal outcomes, excellent patient care, and efficient resource allocation at hospitals. The following toolkits are available:

  • Hospital-acquired infection prevention
  • Improving initial lung function: Surfactant and other means
  • Antenatal corticosteroid therapy
  • Postnatal steroid administration
  • Nutritional support of the very...
Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals 06/23/08

Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals helps hospitals prepare equity reports, which identify ethnic and racial disparities in organizations and suggest ways to reduce them.

This tool includes detailed information on the following topics:

  • Why create an equity report
  • Leading the effort
  • Collecting the data: Race, ethnicity, language, and socioeconomic status
  • Measure
  • Presenting the data
  • Using the report
  • Appendixes
    • ...
Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults 06/04/08

Try This is a series of assessment tools where each issue focuses on a topic specific to the older adult population. The content is directed to orient and encourage all nurses to understand the special needs of older adults and to utilize the highest standards of practice in caring for the elderly. Each “Try This” issue is a two-page document with a description of why the topic is important when caring for older patients on the first page, and an assessment tool that can be administered in...

The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers: Partners for Action: Making Your Health Care Facility Literacy-Friendly 06/04/08

This guide and the review tools found within it offer an approach for analyzing literacy-related barriers to health care access and navigation. This tool focuses on key activities and tasks undertaken by visitors and patients when they enter a health care facility. The findings of such a review could spark discussions and help shape strategies to eliminate literacy barriers and enhance health literacy in health care facilities.

The guide is organized into four main sections:...

Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders 06/04/08

This document is written for hospital leaders interested in providing patients with safer and higher quality care. It presents the thoughts, successes, and failures of hospital leaders who have used concepts of high reliability to make patient care better. Creating an organizational culture and set of work processes that reduce system failures and effectively respond when failures do occur is the goal of high reliability thinking.

This tool addresses the following topics:

Quality Improvement in Rural Hospitals: How Networking Can Help 05/15/08

This technical assistance resource discusses the challenges and obstacles faced by small, rural hospitals, as well as the assets and advantages often overlooked in considering how to improve health care quality. It explores how rural hospitals can collaborate to overcome potential barriers and use networks as a vehicle for implementing and sustaining meaningful quality improvement initiatives. It also provides quality improvement projects examples and a resource guide.

This tool...

Toolkit for Implementing the Chronic Care Model in an Academic Environment 05/13/08

This toolkit provides materials that explain the concepts, change strategies, tools, and resources to teach medical residents and improve care for patients with chronic illness in an academic setting. It can assist academic health care environments in implementing the Chronic Care Model.

Depending on one's knowledge of the Chronic Care Model, the site can be easily navigated to advance an organization's progress. The lessons learned by the organizations involved in the Academic...


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