IOM Domains of Quality
The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults. It is intended for use by acute care hospitals that serve critically ill adults in dedicated ICUs. This enhanced protocol provides a scientific foundation for...
These tools and resources for providers and health professionals complement the categories of data reported by the Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM). MNCM creates and refines measures, and collects and reports health care data used to drive improvement in health care. The tools and resources encourage safe, efficient, and effective patient care; and provide a general overview of comparative data and performance reporting.
The tools and resources are divided into the following...
This guide for emergency department staff and clinicians is intended as a resource to promote recognition and prevention of medical morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders.
The guide covers the following topics:
- Common presenting signs and symptoms of eating disorders
- Emergency department evaluation
- Acute malnutrition as a medical emergency
- Emergency department management
Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The free materials cover various stages of end-of-life care, such as planning ahead, talking with a physician, caring for a loved one, living with an illness, and grieving after a loss.
The brochures cover the following topics:
- Advance care planning legal issues
- Advance directives
- Planning ahead
This toolkit is for organizations starting or expanding a telehealth program at their facility. The toolkit provides information, tools, guidelines, templates, forms, and other resources for developing telehealth activities. These materials offer examples and illustrations of what others have done and what the experts recommend for an organization’s stage in development.
The toolkit covers the following topic areas:
This guide from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers information and tools on quality improvement. IHI uses the Model for Improvement as the framework to guide improvement work. This model is a simple yet powerful tool for accelerating improvement. This guide includes information on the fundamentals of the model, and on testing changes on a small scale by using plan-do-study-act cycles.
The guide is divided into the following sections:
This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. It documents a study to identify innovative rural programs and uses the results to suggest basic tools for helping rural organizations take the steps necessary to move a program that is perceived to be effective into a promising practice. This report provides an overview of tools such as community building, grant writing, data collection, and program definition, which may prove useful to...
The Rural Health Information Hub provides access to resources that support grant writing, demonstrate program effectiveness, and show innovative program techniques being developed in rural communities. The center also presents health and human service program models and innovations from rural communities to provide examples of lessons learned.
The resources available can help rural communities:
- Grow funding
- Improve programs
- Promote successes to...
The Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit (C-CAT) is an organizational performance assessment toolkit from the Ethical Force Program ® at the American Medical Association designed to assist organizations in meeting the needs of a diverse patient population. This one-of-a-kind resource can help organizations assess how effectively they communicate, so they can target resources for improvement exactly where they are needed.
The C-CAT can help organizations improve...
This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to “super users” in the ED. The guide offers an approach to understanding and managing two groups of super users—patients exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors and patients with chronic pain—and provides a solution for reducing ED visits.
The appendix to the guide includes sample materials such as a pain management policy, letters, and a pain...