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Cold or Flu. Antibiotics Don't Work For You. 12/17/07

This brochure provides information about when and if antibiotics are effective against illnesses and when they are not. It is organized into the following sections:

  • The risk: Bacteria becomes resistant
  • Antibiotics aren’t always the answer
  • Protect yourself with the best care
  • Commonly asked questions
Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement 12/17/07

This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants. Administrators from 11 State operating agencies, representing a range of waiver types and geographic areas, were interviewed for this report. These agencies served at least one of four waiver populations (the elderly, people with physical disabilities, people with mental retardation...

Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) Training Manual and Coding Guide 12/17/07

This Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) training manual has been designed to assist with the administration and coding of the CAM, and to provide supplementary information for interested clinical investigators.

The CAM improves the identification and recognition of delirium in geriatric patients. CAM enables non-psychiatrically trained clinicians to identify delirium quickly and accurately in both clinical and research settings on the basis of an interview with the patient that...

Living Well With COPD: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema--Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This patient education guide provides information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and important steps for better living for people diagnosed with the disease.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Living well with COPD
  • What is COPD?
  • Inside your lungs
  • How COPD affects the body
  • Causes of COPD
  • Symptoms of COPD
  • Making the diagnosis
  • Important steps for better living with COPD
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Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool 12/17/07

This Web page features an interactive tool, designed for use by health professionals, to estimate a woman’s 5-year and lifetime risk of developing invasive breast cancer. Patients who use the tool are encouraged to discuss the results of this assessment and their personal risk of breast cancer with their health care professional.

In addition to the tool, this Web page includes the following information:

  • About the tool
    • Explaining the questions used in the tool...
Building Strong Bones: Calcium Information for Health Care Providers 12/17/07

This fact sheet can be used by health care providers to educate their patients about the importance of calcium consumption in children and teenagers.

This fact sheet is part of Milk Matters, a public health education campaign to promote calcium consumption among tweens and teens, especially during the ages of 11 to 15, a time of critical bone growth.

This fact sheet answers the following questions:
  • How does pediatric bone...
Environmental Scan of Instruments to Inform Consumer Choice in Assisted Living Facilities 12/17/07

This report examines questionnaires, surveys, and other instruments currently used to assess the services and quality of care in assisted living facilities across the United States including consumer-reported instruments, expert observational instruments, and provider-reported tools that evaluate services offered, the physical and cultural environments, staff issues, activities, social support, and contractual issues.

The report includes the following sections:

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Protect the Circle of Life: Immunize Our Nations, American Indian/Alaskan Native Vaccination 12/17/07

This tool provides immunization information relevant to American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

This tool discusses the following topics:

  • Why immunize our children
  • Vaccines can prevent these diseases
  • Where immunizations are provided
  • Vaccination coverage levels
  • Links to brochure and posters
  • Links to government sites
10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals 12/17/07

Medical errors can occur at many points in the health care system, particularly in hospitals. This 2-page fact sheet provides the following 10 tips that hospitals can implement to improve patient safety:

  • Assess and improve patient safety culture (by surveying unit staff)
  • Build teamwork (by improving staff communication)
  • Limit shifts for hospital staff, if possible
  • Insert chest tubes safely
  • Prevent central line-related bloodstream infections...
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) MDRD Calculator for Adults 12/17/07

Providers can use this calculator to estimate kidney function in adults by measuring the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This calculator is based on the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) Study equation.

The following information is entered into this tool to calculate GFR:

  • Plasma creatinine
  • Age
  • Whether patient is African American
  • Gender

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