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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use 08/31/16

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain in the primary care setting.

The goal of this simulation is to demonstrate best practices in...

Safe Surgery 2015 Toolkit 09/18/14

This toolkit is part of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery 2015 Initiative, which is using the Surgical Safety Checklist Program to help hospitals reduce surgical infections, major complications, and related deaths. The goal is to implement the checklist in every hospital in the United States by 2015. Along with the checklist, the toolkit includes a seven-step program to guide users as they implement the checklist. The toolkit includes resources such as videos, webinars, and slides....

Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae 07/14/14

This toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help health care facilities protect patients from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and to prevent transmission of CRE. Expanding on 2009 CDC recommendations, the toolkit offers prevention strategies for acute and long-term care facilities, as well as regional prevention strategies for health departments. It includes measures based on history of identified CRE (none, rare, or common).
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Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 06/05/14

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.

Alarm fatigue materials include the following:

  • Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses practice alert: Alarm...
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Control and Prevention Toolkit 06/04/14

Leaders in infectious disease and infection control, as well as those concerned with patient safety and performance improvement, can use the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) control and prevention toolkit to develop interventions to control CRE.

The toolkit is organized into seven sections:

  1. Assessing your readiness for change
  2. Starting your project
  3. Putting your intervention into practice
  4. Implementing best practices
  5. ...
Alarm Safety Resource Site 05/29/14

The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety. The site includes links to guidance articles published by ECRI Institute through ECRI’s various membership groups, articles from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, blog posts, and news.

The free educational Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Health devices webinars
  • Joint Commission resources
  • ECRI Institute alarms-...
Prehospital Medical Information System 05/21/14

The Prehospital Medical Information System (PreMIS) is a State-mandated, Internet-based emergency medical services (EMS) information system that collects data on each EMS call report made within the States of Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Submitted data provide hospitals and EMS administrators the capability to evaluate EMS patient care and system performance.

The PreMIS Web page includes video instructions and patient handoff forms. Although...

AHRQ Common Formats 04/24/14

The Common Formats, authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, facilitate Patient Safety Organization (PSO) collection of patient safety work product from health care providers in a standardized manner. Use of these forms will assure consistency of reporting among PSOs as they begin to aggregate patient safety event information. The formats are being used by health care providers and PSOs to report a comprehensive range of patient safety concerns, capturing both...

Toolkit for the Follow-Up Care of the Premature Infant 03/12/14

This toolkit for health care professionals provides information and resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve their outcomes. It is designed to aid communication between members of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and health care professionals in the outpatient setting and to improve the quality and continuity of follow-up care for premature infants. The toolkit is a compilation of practical tools and references for the management of premature infants upon...

Worker Safety in Hospitals 03/12/14

This suite of resources for hospitals provides health care workers and administrators ways to assess and understand workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their patient-handling programs to improve worker safety.

The resources are divided into the following sections:

  • Understanding the problem
  • Safety and health management systems
  • Safe patient handling

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