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Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture 06/30/09

This set of assessment surveys and tools can be used by nursing home providers and staff to:

  • Assess their patient safety culture
  • Track changes in patient safety over time
  • Evaluate the impact of patient safety interventions

The Nursing Home Survey Toolkit includes:

  • Survey form
  • Survey items and dimensions
  • Survey user's guide
  • Nursing home survey feedback report template
  • Comparative database
  • ...
Improving on Transitions of Care: How to Implement and Evaluate a Plan 06/10/09

This guide helps health care institutions develop and implement processes for sending and receiving patients from one care setting to another. The information and plans provided allow institutions to measure their performance in transitions of care and identify areas for improvement.

Topics covered are:

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Evaluating and improving transitions of care in your institution
  • Nursing home to emergency department (ED)/...
Your Discharge Planning Checklist: For Patients and Their Caregivers Preparing to Leave a Hospital, Nursing Home, or Other Care Setting 06/10/09

This patient handout can help patients, caregivers and medical staff communicate as they prepare to leave a hospital, nursing home, or other health care setting. The booklet provides many questions and prompts for patients and caregivers so they can gather information to assure a safe discharge.

Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 06/07/09

In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the United States and internationally have implemented the survey.

In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their safety culture survey results to other hospitals, AHRQ funded the development of a comparative...

Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) Toolkit 06/05/09
The Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) toolkit is part of the VIP program, which is designed to develop effective team building and ongoing collaboration among health care providers who do not work together in practice in the same locations or even organizations. It replaces the logistical obstacles of having clinicians meet in person to discuss patient cases with a system of communicating and meeting “virtually” using an appropriate variety of readily available technologies.

The...
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Global Trigger Tool for Measuring Adverse Events 05/11/09

The use of “triggers” or clues to identify adverse events is an effective method for measuring the overall level of harm in a health care organization. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Global Trigger Tool for Measuring Adverse Events provides instructions for training reviewers in this methodology and conducting a retrospective review of patient records using triggers to identify possible adverse events. This tool includes a list of known triggers as well as instructions for...

Practicing Safety 05/08/09

Practicing Safety focuses on expanding anticipatory guidance on seven “new morbidities” that, if discussed by the pediatric staff and implemented by the parent, can help to reduce child abuse and neglect.

The site offers guidance on the following:

  • Coping with crying
  • Parenting
  • Safety in other’s care
  • Family environment
  • Effective discipline
  • Sleeping and eating
  • Toilet training
Medication Reconciliation Review 05/08/09

The Medication Reconciliation Review tool provides step-by-step instructions for conducting a review of closed patient records to identify errors related to unreconciled medications. Organizations that are considering creating a medication reconciliation process can use this tool to establish a baseline of errors from unreconciled medications and to build a case for the importance of having a reconciliation process in place.

This tool contains:

  • Overview
  • ...
Arizona CERT Medication Record 04/13/09

This tool can help patients keep track of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs that they take. It is available as an interactive online tool and as a PDF document that can be printed out and filled out by hand. The PDF document is also available in Spanish.

This record helps patients capture the following information about their medicines:

  • Name of medicine or product
  • How much do I take?
  • When and how do I take it?
  • Why do I take it?
  • ...
AH! Asthma Health Program 04/13/09

The goal of the AH! (Asthma Health) Program is to improve the quality of life for people with asthma living in Maine. AH! emphasizes the importance of education and self-care, and the coordination of asthma care between people with asthma and their families; the asthma educator; and the physicians, nurses, and practitioners who provide medical care. People in the AH! Program experience fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and fewer days missed from work and school due to asthma...

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