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Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please. 12/17/07

This brochure is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” campaign. It will educate parents about when antibiotics work–and when they won’t.

This brochure addresses the following topics:

  • The risk: Bacteria becomes resistant
  • Antibiotics aren’t always the answer
  • Protect your child, give the best care
  • Commonly asked questions
Dissemination Planning Tool from Development of a Planning Tool to Guide Dissemination of Research Results 12/17/07

This tool assists patient safety researchers in developing a plan for disseminating research findings and products to potential users in the health care system and facilitates the translation of research into practice. It was developed to help researchers evaluate their research and develop appropriate dissemination plans, if the research is determined to have “real world” impact.

The tool offers six major elements to evaluate research and develop a dissemination plan:

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Integrated Care Program: Performance Measures Recommendations, Resource Paper 12/17/07

This 24-page report outlines recommendations for a manageable number of performance measures that States can use to assure the quality of integrated care in their contracts with special needs plans, which offer significant new opportunities to integrate Medicaid and Medicare coverage for beneficiaries who are dually eligible.

This report addresses the following topics:

  • Overview of performance measurement for integrated care programs
  • Center for Health Care Strategies...
Maternal and Child Health Library 12/17/07

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library is a virtual guide to MCH information. It offers a combination of MCH information compiled by library staff and pathways to the best MCH information available on other Web sites, from organizations and libraries.

The MCH Library publishes the MCH Alert; produces databases; develops knowledge paths, bibliographies, and other information resources; maintains this Web site to provide access to key MCH-related data and information; and promotes...

My Medicines: Women's Health: Take Time to Care 12/17/07

This brochure for women provides recommendations for taking medicines wisely.

This brochure addresses the following topics:

  • Read the label
  • Avoid problems
  • Ask questions
  • Keep a record of medicines you use
  • List your prescription medicines
Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 1--Series Overview and Methodology 12/17/07

This report (the first volume in a series) provides an overview of methods and theoretical underpinnings of the quality improvement (QI) field of study. A critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement strategies for a selection of 20 disease and practice priorities identified in a 2003 Institute of Medicine report was compiled to bring data to bear on this “quality gap” and the opportunities that exist to bridge it.

This volume presents the following information...

Quick Tips--When Getting a Prescription 12/17/07

This Web site presents questions for patients to ask their doctor, nurse, and/or pharmacist when prescribed a medication.

Some topics addressed include:

  • Generic medications
  • Dosage
  • Potential side effects
  • Issues to discuss with doctor about new prescriptions
Falls Free: Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan 12/17/07

This 51-page action plan, developed in response to escalating concerns about falls and fall-related injuries among the aging population, highlights strategies and preliminary action steps developed by participants in the Falls Free Summit. Thirty-six strategies are proposed, based on input from Summit participants, and organized under five goal areas.

This action plan is organized as follows:

  • Executive summary
  • Background
  • Overview of the Falls Free Summit...
Excel Spreadsheet for Computing Grams of Alcohol Product Used per 100 Patient Days 12/17/07

This Microsoft ® Excel spreadsheet can be used to calculate the use of hand-sterilizing alcohol per 100 patient days as a means to evaluate and improve hand hygiene practices. The spreadsheet collects data on the use of wall-mounted and pocket-sized, alcohol-based hand rubs.

This spreadsheet allows users to collect the following information:

  • Number of large cans or bottles used throughout unit
  • Grams per large can or bottle used throughout unit...
Problems and Prevention: Chest Tube Insertion 12/17/07

This 11-minute DVD uses video excerpts from 50 actual chest tube insertion procedures to illustrate problems that may occur. The DVD can be used as a tutorial for physicians in hospitals, including surgical and emergency department residents, on the correct technique for inserting chest tubes and the common pitfalls in clinical practice.

The Web site provides the following information:

  • Key messages
  • Findings
  • Information for ordering the DVD

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