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Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation 12/07/11

This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to improving the medication reconciliation process. It promotes a successful approach to medication management and reconciliation that emphasizes standardization of the process for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists within the facility to document and confirm a patient's home medication list on admission. It also emphasizes the need to clearly define roles and responsibilities of clinical staff.

The toolkit is based on the Medications at...

Partnering with Patients and Families to Enhance Safety and Quality: A Mini Toolkit 11/04/11

This toolkit for health care leaders, clinicians, and staff demonstrates ways to partner with patients and families to enhance quality and safety. It provides tools and resources that support efforts to ensure patient care is safe and responsive to the needs, priorities, goals, and values of patients and their families.

The materials found in the toolkit include:

  • Patients and families as advisers in enhancing safety and quality: broadening our vision
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Taking Charge of Your Healthcare: Your Path to Being an Empowered Patient 10/26/11

Health care providers can use this toolkit during hospital discharge to help patients leave the hospital with confidence. It includes the tools and information patients need to make a smooth transition to their next destination.

Elements of the toolkit are:

  • Staying Safe When You Leave the Hospital: A journal-like bifold booklet that guides patients and family members to collect their thoughts and ask the right questions.
  • Talking to...
Interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP) 10/26/11

The interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP) is a computerized clinical decision support tool for health care providers who treat asthma patients. It helps patients and physicians manage and prevent asthma symptoms, while providing information to the patient’s health care team. The iAAP program creates patient-specific treatment plans, which are available in English and Spanish.

The iAAP is available via a Web-based kiosk or can be downloaded to run either on a desktop or for...

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Risk Calculator 10/25/11

This calculator predicts the probability of a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). It is based on the equation published in the article, “Does information available at admission for delivery improve prediction of vaginal birth after cesarean?” The objective of this study was to construct a predictive model for VBAC that combines factors that can be ascertained only as the pregnancy progresses with those known at initiation of prenatal care.

The calculator is designed...

Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Reducing the Risk of Primary Breast Cancer: Guidance for Shared Decision Making 10/12/11

This educational program for clinicians provides information about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) systematic review of the comparative effectiveness and safety of tamoxifen, raloxifene, and tibolone for reducing the risk of primary breast cancer in women. It guides clinicians in discussing AHRQ’s findings with women who may be candidates for FDA-approved therapies.

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

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Guide to the Elimination of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections 09/26/11

This guide, for use by infection preventionists and quality improvement teams, provides step-by-step guidance to facilitate the bedside implementation of relevant clinical evidence and best practices for eliminating catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). It presents simple, practical implementation strategies, tools, and resources to prevent infections, and strategies for process improvement.

Topics covered include:

  • Background
  • Purpose and objectives...
Health Care–Associated Infections: Prevention Toolkits 09/26/11

These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections (HAIs) that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting. The toolkits provide information on improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control guidance and prevention successes to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent health care–associated infections.

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Period of PURPLE Crying®: A New Way To Understand Your Baby's Crying 08/16/11

The Period of PURPLE Crying ® is the phrase used to describe the point when babies cry more than any other time in their life. This Web site was developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) to educate parents about the normalcy of infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant.

The Web site contains an online handbook and includes information and articles for parents on the following topics:

  • Crying
  • Sleeping
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Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools 08/03/11

INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.

The specific tools are designed for use by selected members of the care team. Some of the tools included are:

  • Communication tools
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