This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.
This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:
These two toolsets offer step-by-step guides for implementing an electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) system in different settings. One is aimed at health care provider organizations, ranging from small independent offices to larger medical groups and “safety net” clinics, and the other is aimed at independent pharmacies.
The following toolsets are available:
- A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices: The purpose is...
The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Resource Center provides policymakers and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care. This Web site is organized into the following sections:
- Defining the PCMH
- Evidence and evaluation
- Tools and resources
- Implementing the PCMH
- Federal PCMH activities...
This summary guide for health care personnel discusses recommendations for lowering the frequency of and preventing infection in outpatient (ambulatory care) settings. The guide distills existing infection prevention guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).
This summary guide:
- Provides basic infection prevention recommendations for outpatient settings
This software program assists physicians in identifying the optimal medication dosage for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Used in conjunction with a clinical plan, physicians can modify medications to suit the child’s needs. The tool can also aid in conversations with family members regarding treatment.
The Focus software is written in Visual Basic to run in Microsoft Access. The software is designed to:
- Perform calculations needed...
This toolkit and self-assessment tool help health care organizations develop a culture that supports respect and effective communication with patients and families around adverse events. The Disclosure Toolkit provides selected tools, literature, and other resources to help establish an environment that supports effective communication with patients and families. The Disclosure Culture Assessment Tool enables organizations to determine their current cultural environment and structures needed...
These tools and resources guide health care facilities in organizing institution-wide support for clinicians following adverse events. Included is a toolkit for organizations to use regardless of where they are on the spectrum—from those in the early stages of looking at different support models to those who may already have programs in place.
The following tools are also available:
- Organizational assessment tool for clinician support
- Building a clinician...
These fact sheets provide evidence-based summaries for health professionals and consumers on specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements. The fact sheets cover health effects, safety, recommended amounts, interactions with medicines, and other topics.
Several fact sheets and other resources are also available in Spanish.
These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.
The tools and resources provided include the following:
- Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
- Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
- Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
This guide for payers, plans, provider groups, patient advocacy groups, and all medication therapy management service providers discusses the rationale for including comprehensive medication management services in integrated patient-centered care. It provides the key steps necessary to promote best practices and achieve meaningful quality improvements for patients, while reducing costs associated with poor quality outcomes. The guide focuses on the decisions surrounding the comprehensive...