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Opioid Dosing Guideline for Chronic Noncancer Pain 09/19/12

This guideline for primary care providers is a resource for treating adult patients for chronic noncancer pain. It provides information on the scope of the challenge, recommendations for prudent prescribing and monitoring, advice on how to get consultative assistance, and resources for educating patients. Also included are an opioid dose calculator and patient assessment tools.

National Healthcare Safety Network 09/04/12

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a voluntary, secure, internet-based surveillance system that integrates patient and health care personnel safety surveillance systems managed by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Enrollment is open to all types of health care facilities in the United States, including acute care hospitals, long term acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals,...

A Guide To Improving Children's Oral Health Care: Tools for the Head Start Community 08/27/12

This guide for Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) staff provides information to coordinate and establish dental homes and improve oral health care for high-risk, low-income children. Included are resources to support EHS/HS children’s use of dental examinations and treatment and their practice of healthy dental habits at home and in the classroom. This toolkit is part of the New Jersey Smiles Initiative. It is arranged as follows:

  • Section I: Provides an...
Severe Sepsis Practice Alert and Tools 07/13/12

This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.

This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:

  • Severe...
Dementia Capability Toolkit 06/27/12

The Dementia Capability Toolkit identifies resources that States and communities can use to design initiatives to ensure that programs are dementia-capable. In dementia-capable systems, programs are tailored to the unique needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their caregivers.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • Prevalence and impact of dementia
  • Identification and awareness of a possible dementia
  • Measuring...
Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing 06/22/12

These two toolsets offer step-by-step guides for implementing an electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) system in different settings. One is aimed at health care provider organizations, ranging from small independent offices to larger medical groups and “safety net” clinics, and the other is aimed at independent pharmacies.

The following toolsets are available:

  1. A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices: The purpose is...
Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center 05/29/12

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Resource Center provides policymakers and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care. This Web site is organized into the following sections:

  • Defining the PCMH
  • Evidence and evaluation
  • Tools and resources
  • Implementing the PCMH
  • Federal PCMH activities...
Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care 05/21/12

This summary guide for health care personnel discusses recommendations for lowering the frequency of and preventing infection in outpatient (ambulatory care) settings. The guide distills existing infection prevention guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

This summary guide:

  1. Provides basic infection prevention recommendations for outpatient settings
  2. ...
2011 National Healthcare Quality Report 05/21/12

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The 2011 report presents expanded analyses of care received by older Americans. It also...

Disclosure Toolkit and Disclosure Culture Assessment Tool 04/26/12

This toolkit and self-assessment tool help health care organizations develop a culture that supports respect and effective communication with patients and families around adverse events. The Disclosure Toolkit provides selected tools, literature, and other resources to help establish an environment that supports effective communication with patients and families. The Disclosure Culture Assessment Tool enables organizations to determine their current cultural environment and structures needed...

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