Patient safety

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Tools for Building a Clinician and Staff Support Program 04/26/12

These tools and resources guide health care facilities in organizing institution-wide support for clinicians following adverse events. Included is a toolkit for organizations to use regardless of where they are on the spectrum—from those in the early stages of looking at different support models to those who may already have programs in place.

The following tools are also available:

  • Organizational assessment tool for clinician support
  • Building a clinician...
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets 04/25/12

These fact sheets provide evidence-based summaries for health professionals and consumers on specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements. The fact sheets cover health effects, safety, recommended amounts, interactions with medicines, and other topics.

Several fact sheets and other resources are also available in Spanish.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Connection Resource Library: Click n' Go Education Materials 04/02/12

The SNAP-Ed Connection is a dynamic online resource center for State and local SNAP-Ed Providers. It provides information on valuable training and continuing education resources for educators and facilitates access to educational materials developed specifically for SNAP participants and eligibles.

This section of the SNAP-Ed Connection Resource Library contains materials that can be downloaded and printed to help provide quality nutrition education for low-income audiences....

Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the following:

  • Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
  • Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
  • Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
  • ...
The Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Resource Guide for Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes (Second Edition) 03/13/12

This guide for payers, plans, provider groups, patient advocacy groups, and all medication therapy management service providers discusses the rationale for including comprehensive medication management services in integrated patient-centered care. It provides the key steps necessary to promote best practices and achieve meaningful quality improvements for patients, while reducing costs associated with poor quality outcomes. The guide focuses on the decisions surrounding the comprehensive...

AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals 02/15/12

This toolkit is designed to help hospitals understand the Quality Indicators (QIs) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and support the use of QIs to successfully improve quality and patient safety. The toolkit is a general guide to using improvement methods, with a particular focus on the QIs.

The AHRQ QIs use hospital administrative data to assess the quality of care provided, identify areas of concern in need of further investigation, and monitor...

Natural Disaster Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Podcasts 02/02/12

This toolkit features public service announcements (PSAs) and podcasts that provide messages with safety tips on how to protect consumers during a natural disaster. Health officials and state and local health departments can tailor messages based on local needs and distribute them through emergency messaging systems.

The PSAs address the following topics:

  • Staying safe after the storm
  • Food and water
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cleanup
  • ...
Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records 02/02/12

This online guide, for health care providers, information technology specialists, and system administrators, helps in planning and avoiding possible problems when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR). Developed to provide practical, troubleshooting knowledge and resources for all types of health care organizations, the guide is based on the research literature, other practice-oriented guides for EHR implementation and use, research by its authors, and interviews with...

Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition 01/19/12

The Emergency Severity Index (ESI) is a simple to use, five-level triage instrument that categorizes emergency department (ED) patients by evaluating both patient acuity and resources. The algorithm provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from 1 (most urgent) to 5 (least urgent). ED educators, clinicians, and managers can use this practical guide to develop and conduct an ESI educational program, implement the algorithm, and design an ongoing quality...

Ensuring the Seventh Generation: A Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Tribal Child Welfare Programs 01/05/12

The purpose of this toolkit is to help tribal child welfare workers and care providers play an effective role in the prevention of suicide among the children and youth they serve. It addresses several questions that the tribal child welfare worker needs to consider to be effective. In addition, the toolkit contains background reading on the issue of suicide in Indian Country and the use of cultural approaches to prevention and community healing. Several resources are also listed for further...

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