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AIDSinfo Drug Database 12/17/07

The AIDS info Drug Database provides HIV/AIDS drug fact sheets for the drugs most commonly used to treat patients with HIV/AIDS. The database includes fact sheets for both Food and Drug Administration-approved and investigational drugs. For each drug, patient, health professional, and Spanish versions are available. All three include links to an audio file of the correct pronunciation, as well as a link to additional sources of information about the drug.

Patient versions of...

Preventing Infections During Travel: A Guide for People With HIV Infection 12/17/07

This tool provides information about medical risks when traveling for people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the steps they can take to protect themselves. This information is also available in Spanish.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Before you travel
  • When you travel
  • For more information
HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know--Health Information for Patients 12/17/07

These fact sheets are intended for use by people recently diagnosed with HIV infection or those who are considering starting HIV treatment. The fact sheets are designed as a series but may be used as stand-alone documents. Information in these fact sheets is based on Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents....

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:

  • ...
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...
Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings Supplemental Slides 12/17/07

This slide set “Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings - Supplemental” may be used in conjunction with the slide set “Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings - Core” and can be customized by inserting hospital-specific data.

This slide set addresses the reasons for health care workers to practice good hand hygiene and includes question and answer slides to be used in an interactive presentation.

Predicting Casualty Severity and Hospital Capacity 11/29/07

This planning tool helps hospitals predict the pattern of casualty severity and their capacity to provide care after a mass casualty event.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Predicting triage severity
  • Predicting hospital capacity to care for critical casualties
  • Predicting hospital capacity to care for noncritical casualties
Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives Toolkit, Successful Treatment Outcomes: Using Motivational Incentives in Addiction Treatment 11/29/07

These tools provide information about science-based interventions that use motivational incentives (low- or no-cost reinforcements such as vouchers, prizes, and privileges) to help reduce drug use and enhance client retention in treatment programs.

The tool kit includes the following materials:

  • Video
  • PowerPoint presentations
    • Clinicians
    • Policymakers
  • Support materials
    • For program administrators
      • Sample policy and...
Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB) Fact Sheet 11/29/07

This fact sheet provides information about extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). It is also available in Spanish, Chinese, French, and Italian. This fact sheet answers the following questions:

  • What is XDR TB?
  • How is XDR TB spread?
  • Why is XDR TB so serious?
  • Who is at risk for getting XDR TB?
  • How can I prevent myself from getting TB?
  • Can the TB vaccine (BCG) help prevent XDR TB?
  • If I have regular (drug-susceptible) TB, how...
Diagnostic Assessment of the Child With Status Epilepticus: American Academy of Neurology Summary of Evidence-Based Guideline for Clinicians 11/29/07

This is a summary of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and Child Neurology Society’s (CNS) evidence-based guideline reviewing all available evidence on the assessment of the child with status epilepticus.

The guideline summary includes recommendations for determining the cause of status epilepticus in children including:

  • Assessment of laboratory studies
  • Assessment of metabolic and genetic testing
  • Assessment of electroencephalography
  • Assessment...

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