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What YOU Can Do To Prevent Falls 12/17/07

This guide provides tips to help older people prevent falls.

This guide discusses the following four tips:

  • Begin a regular exercise program
  • Make your home safer
  • Have your health care provider review your medicines
  • Have your vision checked
Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers 12/17/07

This 145-page manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues of each stage of the CPS process and covers strategies for casework supervision, training, and support. Best practices and critical issues in casework practice are underscored throughout.

This manual addresses the following topics:

  • CPS theory and practice
  • The helping relationship
  • Responsibilities of CPS...
Exposure to Blood: What Healthcare Personnel Need to Know 12/17/07

This tool gives health care workers information about the risks of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and suggests actions to be taken when such exposures occur.

The following health topics are discussed:

  • Occupational exposures to blood
  • If an exposure occurs
  • Risk of infection after exposure
  • Treatment for the exposure
  • Followup after...
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
    • ...
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:...
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...

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