These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections (HAIs) that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting. The toolkits provide information on improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control guidance and prevention successes to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent health care–associated infections.
The Period of PURPLE Crying ® is the phrase used to describe the point when babies cry more than any other time in their life. This Web site was developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) to educate parents about the normalcy of infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant.
The Web site contains an online handbook and includes information and articles for parents on the following topics:
INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.
The specific tools are designed for use by selected members of the care team. Some of the tools included are:
- Communication tools
This Continuity of Care Document (CCD) is part of the Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices. CCDs provide standard content and a structure for the exchange of health information. It provides for safe and appropriate patient care. Understanding CCD will help prepare physicians to electronically exchange information with other health care organizations.
Tool is listed under Section 2.2 Effective Use on site.
This tool for physicians and clinical staff provides education surrounding patient/provider communication about medication use and adherence during a visit. It includes an executive summary of the most up-to-date information on delivering preventive services to patients in the context of a clinical visit. It also includes a clinical reference document that provides the evidence to support the tool.
The tool is accompanied by a patient guide that may be shared during a clinic visit and...
Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates. It highlights effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a culture of safety in health care institutions to keep patients from getting sicker.
The training promotes these key behaviors:
- Hand washing
NKEplus is a build on the original Nurse Knowledge Exchange (NKE) designed in 2004. This communication system for nursing units in hospitals supports better care and safety for patients and staff. The tools incorporate strategies to manage bedside care, shift change, and distractions to increase quality of care for all parties. The system, used by the project manager/improvement adviser and unit staff, is adaptable to various stages of care and used when needed within the unit.
This is a communication program for health care provider teams to improve patient care by enhancing interaction and exchange of information when providing care. The references and learning materials can be applied in various health care settings to improve patient outcomes through more effective communication and teamwork.
This toolkit for health care professionals in hospitals provides ways to implement effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care. The document includes an implementation guide with tools and resources, organized under six major questions to be used by a team leading the effort to plan and put the strategies into practice. The tools and resources are designed to be used by multiple audiences and for different purposes.
The Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors program is designed as an interactive, national initiative to promote safe and appropriate medicine use by enabling older adults to avoid medication misuse, recognize and manage common side effects, and improve medicine use knowledge, attitudes, and skills to avoid medication errors.
MUST for Seniors can be offered to community-based, ambulatory older adults. Older individuals and family caregivers are also encouraged to use...