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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...
SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model 11/29/07

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique and tools provide a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient’s condition. SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism for framing any conversation requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. Free registration and login are required to download the tool.

This tool includes two components:

  • SBAR report to physician about a critical situation:...
Hospital Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 11/29/07

This checklist helps hospitals assess and improve their preparedness for responding to pandemic influenza.

The checklist is divided into the following sections:

  • Structure for planning and decisionmaking
  • Development of a written pandemic influenza plan
  • Elements of an influenza pandemic plan
Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 11/29/07

Long-term care and other residential facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of their pandemic influenza planning efforts.

This checklist is divided into the following sections:

  • Structure for planning and decisionmaking
  • Development of a written pandemic influenza plan
  • Elements of an influenza pandemic plan
Toxic Substances Portal 11/29/07

The Toxic Substances Portal gives access to the best science, the latest research, and the most important information about toxic substances and how they affect health including:

  • Characteristics
  • Exposure risks
  • Associated health effects
  • Related Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry health studies and assessments
Color-coded Wristband Standardization in Arizona Implementation Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit can help hospitals implement a standardized color-coded wristband system, using Arizona's model. In 2006, Arizona hospitals began a Statewide initiative to use color-coded wristbands to help hospital workers identify at-risk patients, including those who have do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, allergies, or who are at risk for falls. Since many health care workers practice at more than one hospital, standardized wristband colors help them avoid confusion and possible medical error...

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be Toolkit 11/29/07

This educational kit is intended for nurses, midwives, and other educators who make presentations on food safety for pregnant women. The materials are available in English and Spanish.

The tool kit contains the following materials:

  • Educator’s resource guide
    • Pregnancy and foodborne illness: Frequently asked questions
    • Four simple steps to food safety
    • Foodborne risks for moms-to-be
    • Special precautions for moms-to-be
    • ...
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) 11/29/07

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

  • Using NREPP
    • History of NREPP and recent changes
    • Types of interventions included in NREPP
      • Mental health promotion
      • Mental health treatment
      • Substance abuse prevention
      • Substance abuse treatment
      • Co-occurring disorders
    • What is...
Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer and the People Who Care About Them 11/29/07

This tool for patients provides information about the psychological and social aspects of a cancer diagnosis.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Cancer will change your life
  • Your feelings: Learning you have cancer
  • Family matters
  • Sharing your feelings about cancer
  • Learning about your cancer and feeling more in control
  • People helping people
  • Dealing with a new self-image
  • Living each day
  • ...
Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 11/29/07

This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

The summary includes the following information:

  • Incidence and risk factors
  • Cellular classification
  • Prognostic variables
  • Treatment options
  • Treatment considerations for certain ALL childhood subgroups

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