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Guidelines for Using Medicines Safely 12/17/07

This tool provides tips to patients on safe medication use. It outlines steps they should take at the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, and at home.

Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy for Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the primary prevention of chronic conditions. The USPSTF systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness of a wide range of clinical preventive services—including screening, counseling, and chemoprevention (the use of medication to prevent diseases)—to develop recommendations for preventive care in the primary care setting.

Some health...

Safe Food and Water: A Guide for People with HIV Infection 12/17/07

This guide will help people with HIV infection prevent illness by preparing food and drinks properly. This tool is also available in Spanish.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  • Why should I be careful about food and water?
  • What illnesses caused by germs in food and water do people with HIV commonly get?
  • Do only people with HIV get these illnesses?
  • Are these illnesses the same in people with HIV as in other people?
  • If I have HIV, can...
Disaster Evacuees Attending New Schools 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents information for parents and communities concerned about the potential for disease outbreak when the residents of disaster-affected areas migrate to other States.

The following topics are addressed in this fact sheet:

  • School-age evacuees do not pose an increased health risk in schools
  • Illnesses in school-age evacuees should be treated the same as under normal conditions
  • Guidance on accepting a school-age evacuee into the...
Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) Version 2 12/17/07

This software tool has been developed to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues. It can be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school.

The following are the primary categories included in HealthySEAT:

  • Central office
    • Chemical management...
Exposure to Blood: What Healthcare Personnel Need to Know 12/17/07

This tool gives health care workers information about the risks of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and suggests actions to be taken when such exposures occur.

The following health topics are discussed:

  • Occupational exposures to blood
  • If an exposure occurs
  • Risk of infection after exposure
  • Treatment for the exposure
  • Followup after...
Infection: Don't Pass It On, Hand Hygiene Posters 12/17/07

This tool provides links for downloading 60 campaign posters on hand hygiene as a means to reduce the risk of infection. These posters are intended to promote hand hygiene to both clinical and general audiences in health care settings. Three of the posters are also available in Spanish.

Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.

The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety 12/17/07

This consumer guide outlines how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • What is extreme cold?
  • Plan ahead
  • Indoor safety tips
  • Outdoor safety tips
  • Cold-weather health emergencies
School Health Index (SHI): A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide 12/17/07

The School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It is structured around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eight-component model of a coordinated school health program. The assessment tools are available in interactive online versions or as printable PDF files.

This Web site provides the following information:

  • Introduction: What can the SHI do for my school...

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