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Medication Reconciliation Essential Data Specifications 03/01/11

This resource can help health care providers collect, communicate, and manage critical information needed for medication reconciliation when patients move from one practice setting or level of care to another. Data collection may be electronic or on paper. This information can be used to reduce medication errors and ensure safe transitions.

Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) 02/16/11

This Web site provides information and tools related to a 2-year study that is currently underway in the Partners HealthCare System (PHS), entitled Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety). The study aims to prevent patient falls in hospitals by identifying better ways to communicate information about a patient's risk for falls, and working with patients and family members to put a plan in place to prevent falls.

This multiphase study will result in the development...

Behavioral Health Practitioner Communication Form 01/21/11

This form aids physicians in communicating vital information about patients to behavioral health practitioners when referring them. The form details relevant health information such as medication use (to avoid contraindications), past and present medical conditions, allergies, relevant lab results, and contact information for the referring physician. It can also aid in discussions about treatments and provide a full picture of past treatments and methodologies with patients.

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Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 01/20/11

This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety. This resource list is not exhaustive but is provided to give initial guidance to hospitals looking for information about patient safety initiatives. This document will be updated periodically.

The resources are organized into the following categories:

  • General resources
  • Resources by...
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and Implementation Manual 2009 Edition 01/17/11

The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist reinforces accepted safety practices and fosters better communication and teamwork between clinical disciplines. The checklist is not a regulatory device or a component of official policy; it is intended as a tool for use by clinicians interested in improving the safety of their operations and reducing unnecessary surgical deaths and complications. These safety checks can be performed in any operating room. The checklist includes...

Joint Commission 2011 National Patient Safety Goals 12/27/10

The purpose of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence- and expert-based solutions to these problems. This tool reflects the revised NPSGs to reflect The Joint Commission’s continuing efforts to focus on topics that are of highest priority to patient safety and quality care.

Updates to implementation expectations are provided for...

Diet Wheel to Ensure Correct Patient Diets and Reduce Errors 12/09/10

This diet wheel, developed for dietary and nursing staffs, provides correct patient diet orders as directed by physicians. The wheel, posted outside patient rooms, helps to improve communication and educate families and staff about the patient’s proper dietary needs.

MedWatch Safety Alerts 11/11/10

MedWatch is a free tool for providers and consumers that offers many ways to help them stay informed about the medical products they prescribe, use, or dispense every day. MedWatch provides safety alerts directly to users through the channel they select, such as mobile text messages or e-mail. Safety messages cover human drugs, medical devices, vaccines and other biologics, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

Subscription is required. Standard text messaging rates apply for...

Bronson Methodist Hospital Patient Handouts 11/04/10

These resources can be used to educate patients on a wide range of health issues. The resources available include guides, brochures, flyers, and more.

Topics covered are:

  • Brain and nerves
  • Burn
  • Coumadin ® (also known as warfarin)
  • Fall prevention
  • Heart
  • Hip replacement
  • Intravenous access
  • Lovenox
  • Pulmonary
  • Safety issues
  • Self catheterization
  • Stool...
Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide: 2nd Edition 10/27/10

This user’s guide helps researchers and others establish, manage, and analyze patient registries to evaluate the real-life impact of health care treatments and evaluate patient outcomes. Originally published in 2007, the purpose of this revised and expanded second edition is to incorporate information on new methodological or technological advances into the existing chapters and to add new chapters to address emerging topics in registry science.

Topics covered include:

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