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Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Estimator 09/18/14

The Risk Estimator enables health care providers and patients to estimate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), defined as coronary death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or fatal or nonfatal stroke, based on the Pooled Cohort Equations and lifetime risk prediction tools.

The information required to estimate ASCVD risk includes age, sex, race, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, blood pressure–lowering medication...

Wisconsin Quality of Life Index Instruments 07/10/14

The Wisconsin Quality of Life Index (W-QLI) is a multidimensional model for measuring patients’ quality of life. It takes into account the different perspectives of the patient, the patient’s family, and the clinician, both currently and over time. The W-QLI Web site provides five instruments, an assessment manual, coding and scoring books, and validation papers.

The following instruments are available to download:

  • Caregiver questionnaire
  • Client...
Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool 07/08/14

The Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA) Tool helps pediatricians and other medical providers understand risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings related to dental caries in young children.

Accompanying the OHRA Tool is the Self-Management Goal Sheet for Parents and Caregivers, outlining simple lifestyle and diet changes that can improve a family’s oral health.

Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool 06/26/14

The Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool (QUIET) is designed to help primary care and general neurology clinics benchmark the quality of care for adults with epilepsy. This tool can be useful for assessing the degree to which clinical care in these settings addresses the complexity of epilepsy treatment.

QUIET addresses the following aspects of care:

  • Evaluation of initial seizure
  • Initial diagnosis and treatment
  • Chronic epilepsy care
  • ...
Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 06/05/14

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.

Alarm fatigue materials include the following:

  • Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses practice alert: Alarm...
Alarm Safety Resource Site 05/29/14

The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety. The site includes links to guidance articles published by ECRI Institute through ECRI’s various membership groups, articles from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, blog posts, and news.

The free educational Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Health devices webinars
  • Joint Commission resources
  • ECRI Institute alarms-...
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 04/24/14

The Roadmap for Hospitals was developed by The Joint Commission to inspire hospitals to integrate concepts from the communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care fields into their organizations. This guide provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.

Roadmap chapters address the following components of the care continuum:...

Identifying Children and Families at Risk 03/12/14

This Web page from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program offers tools and resources to help States identify families and children at risk. The ABCD program is designed to assist States in improving the delivery of early child development services for low-income children and their families by strengthening primary health care services and systems that support the healthy development of young children(ages 0 to 3).

Tools available include the following:...

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - Fact Sheet for Parents 12/31/13

This consumer fact sheet presents information on the symptoms of pertussis, as well as the benefits and risks of vaccination. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.

Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff 11/29/13

The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework and practical, evidenced-based guidance for primary care teams to adopt and successfully implement health assessments in primary care practices.

The guide can help any practice interested in health assessments:

  • Practices with limited experience in implementing health assessments
  • Practices that have struggled with implementing health assessments in the past
  • Practices experienced in implementing...

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