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Improving Outcomes for an Aging Population: Alzheimer's Treatment in Long-Term Care 03/17/14

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement projects to enhance the quality of care for elderly residents with Alzheimer’s disease.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data collection form and quality measures/calculation instructions
  • PowerPoint slides used during Stage B clinical inservice meetings
  • ...
Constructing an Adaptive Care Model for the Management of Disease-Related Symptoms Throughout the Course of Multiple Sclerosis 04/16/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help multiple sclerosis (MS) centers and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage MS symptoms in their patients.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  • Introduction
  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data collection form and performance measures/calculation...
AHRQ Chartered Value Exchanges: Public Reporting Web Sites 01/15/13

This Web page provides links to public reporting Web sites sponsored by Chartered Value Exchanges (CVEs) or stakeholders affiliated with a CVE. The public reports provide information on physician, hospital, and health plan performance.

CVEs included are:

  • California Chartered Value Exchange
  • Colorado Value Exchange
  • Kansas—Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium
  • Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum
  • Maine Chartered Value Exchange...
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...
Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals and Health Systems 09/14/11

This tool is designed to help hospital executives and others develop best practices in tobacco use policies and protocols.

The 32-page Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals & Health Systems, was vetted by hospital administrators and clinicians from across the United States. It contains step-by-step directions, examples, and tools that can help hospitals achieve their missions, improve care, bolster employee health, and boost the bottom line.

The...

On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities 06/22/11

The On-Time Quality Improvement program is a practical approach to quality improvement (QI) in long-term care, embedding QI strategies and best practices into health information technology. This manual is an introduction to the On-Time QI approach. It provides an overview of the tools and process improvements and describes the implementation process. Target users are stakeholders interested in nursing home QI, nursing home leaders responsible for deciding QI priorities, and nursing home...

WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and Implementation Manual 2009 Edition 01/17/11

The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist reinforces accepted safety practices and fosters better communication and teamwork between clinical disciplines. The checklist is not a regulatory device or a component of official policy; it is intended as a tool for use by clinicians interested in improving the safety of their operations and reducing unnecessary surgical deaths and complications. These safety checks can be performed in any operating room. The checklist includes...

Hand Hygiene at Massachusetts General Hospital: Because We Care 09/14/10

This guide, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital, provides information on hand hygiene for health care workers, patients, and visitors. It includes a quiz and is organized into the following sections:

  • Hand hygiene: General information
  • Hand hygiene: The three basic components
  • When should hand hygiene be done?
  • Cal Stat: What is it? How is it used?
  • Handwashing: When and how?
  • Skin health and problems
  • Why is hand hygiene required...
Telemedicine Standards & Guidelines 05/18/10

In an effort to help advance science and assure the uniform quality of services to patients, the American Telemedicine Association has developed several practice guidelines and technical standards for the field of telemedicine and telehealth. They include core standards that address a wide target group within the health care sector as they apply to individual practitioners, group practices, health care systems, and other providers of health-related services for the purposes of health care...

Pediatric Documentation Templates 04/28/10

These templates for acute and chronic conditions can assist providers when documenting a visit in an electronic health record by increasing the efficiency with which a visit is documented and enhancing adherence to clinical guidelines for those conditions. The templates are based on national guidelines and may be modified to suit a particular clinical practice’s needs.

Template examples available for download:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis and...

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