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How the Transplant System Works: Matching Donors and Recipients 12/17/07

This fact sheet explains how a patient in need of a transplant is matched to an organ donor. It briefly describes the centralized computer network maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing, addresses the role of the transplant center, explains how patients in the transplant pool are ranked, and discusses the process once an organ becomes available.

The National Women's Health Information Center--"womenshealth.gov" 12/17/07

The National Women’s Heath Information Center (NWHIC) provides a gateway to the vast array of Federal and other women’s health information resources. This Web site can help users link to, read, and download a wide variety of materials related to women’s health developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), other Federal agencies, and private sector organizations.

The Web site includes the following major sections:

  • About womenshealth.gov
  • ...
Excel Spreadsheet for Computing Grams of Alcohol Product Used per 1000 Patient Days 12/17/07

This Microsoft ® Excel spreadsheet can be used to calculate the use of hand-sterilizing alcohol per 1000 patient days as a means to evaluate and improve hand hygiene practices. The spreadsheet collects data on the use of wall-mounted and pocket-sized, alcohol-based hand rubs.

This spreadsheet allows users to collect the following information:

  • Number of large cans or bottles used throughout unit
  • Grams per large can or bottle used throughout unit...
A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: Safe Medication Practices Workbook 12/17/07

This 200-page resource manual outlines a systems approach to medication management in long-term care. It is designed to provide nursing home staff with a step-by-step guide through the key processes of a comprehensive medication management system and address areas that can lead to the reduction of medication errors. In addition, tools are offered as strategies to reduce the incidence and harm of errors.

The topics addressed in this manual include the following:

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Medicines In My Home 12/17/07

Medicines In My Home is an interactive educational program about the safe and effective use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. It includes materials geared to both students and adults.

This Web site is divided into four sections:

  • Teachers’ room
    • Course description and objectives
    • Teachers’ kit
      • Classroom lesson materials
        • Medicines in my home: Information for students on using OTC medicines safely
        • Classroom lesson on safe OTC...
A Guide to the Clinical Care of Women With HIV/AIDS, 2005 Edition 12/17/07

This guide is a comprehensive clinical manual that addresses the primary care needs unique to women infected with HIV. The target audience is clinicians who provide primary care to women, as well as those seeking a more in-depth understanding of how to care for women with HIV/AIDS.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Epidemiology and natural history of HIV infection in women
  • Approach to the patient
  • Prevention of HIV
  • Primary medical care
  • ...
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Guideline Summary for Clinicians: The Utility of MRI in Suspected MS 12/17/07

This tool is a summary of the American Academy of Neurology’s guideline evaluating whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can predict probable conversion to clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) in patients presenting with a syndrome consistent with inflammatory demyelination.

The summary addresses the following topics:

  • Evidence for using MRI for early diagnosis of MS
  • Diagnostic considerations in patients with suspected MS and/or MRI white matter...
Breast Cancer Treatment and Pregnancy - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 12/17/07

This summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of breast cancer and pregnancy.

The summary addresses the following topics:

  • Stage information
  • Treatment option overview
  • Other considerations for pregnancy and breast cancer
    • Lactation
    • Fetal consequences of maternal breast cancer
    • Consequences of pregnancy in patients with a history...
A Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers--Runny Nose (With Green or Yellow Mucus) 12/17/07

This one-page fact sheet is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” campaign. It provides parents with information about colds and runny noses. This tool addresses the following questions:

  • What causes a runny nose during a cold?
  • What should I do?
  • Are antibiotics ever needed for a runny nose?
  • Why not try antibiotics now?
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards 12/17/07

This 454-page pocket guide is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. It presents key information and data in abbreviated tabular form for 677 chemicals or substance groupings found in the work environment.

The pocket guide includes the following:

  • Chemical names, synonyms, trade names, conversion factors, Chemical Abstracts Service, Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances, and...

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