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Step Up to Stop Falls Toolkit™ 10/06/10

This toolkit contains a variety of fall prevention resources for older adults and the caregivers and health care professionals who work with them. Content can be downloaded directly from the Web site, including manuals, guides, presentations, and videos. Examples of available resources include:

  • Video exercises to improve strength and balance
  • A home safety self-assessment checklist
  • Professional screening and competency guides
  • Prevention and risk...
Healthy Work Environment Assessment 09/21/10

This assessment tool can be used for any health care environment to measure its health against the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. These standards identify the systemic behaviors that maintain patient safety, ensure optimal outcomes, and support excellence in nursing practice.

The AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment provides:

  • A baseline measurement of how an organization...
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) 09/20/10

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) are a set of decisionmaking and research tools for program managers, researchers, and others at the Federal, State, and local levels. Broken into four modules, the tools provide ways to measure quality associated with processes of care that occur in an outpatient or an inpatient setting based on hospital discharge data.

The four modules are:

  • Prevention QIs: Identify...
Long-Term Care Toolkit 09/14/10

This toolkit is designed to help health care providers in long-term care facilities implement the 12 Steps to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance Among Long-Term Care Residents, a set of recommendations developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of its Campaign to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings.

The toolkit follows the CDC 12-step framework and is divided into 12 sections, one for each step in the CDC Campaign. Strategies on...

Hand Hygiene at Massachusetts General Hospital: Because We Care 09/14/10

This guide, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital, provides information on hand hygiene for health care workers, patients, and visitors. It includes a quiz and is organized into the following sections:

  • Hand hygiene: General information
  • Hand hygiene: The three basic components
  • When should hand hygiene be done?
  • Cal Stat: What is it? How is it used?
  • Handwashing: When and how?
  • Skin health and problems
  • Why is hand hygiene required...
Improving Medication Safety in Community Pharmacy: Assessing Risk and Opportunities for Change 09/08/10

This manual is designed to help community pharmacy personnel identify potential medication safety risks and prevent errors. Pharmacists can use the materials and tools in this manual to pinpoint specific areas of weakness in their medication delivery systems and to provide a starting point for successful organizational improvements.

The goals of this manual are to:

  • Raise awareness of error-prone processes in the medication delivery system
  • Build awareness of risk...
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Guidance on the Interdisciplinary Safe Use of Automated Dispensing Cabinets 09/08/10

These guidelines are designed to help health professionals safely use automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) to store and dispense drugs near the point of care. The guidelines assist organizations in addressing the number and location of ADCs and related resources; ADC security, screen information, storage configuration and inventory control; and procedures in the case of a power loss or malfunction in making future resource decisions and strategic planning around the devices use.

Creating a Personal Medical Record 07/05/10

This educational video for consumers provides information regarding the benefits of creating a personal medical record and offers tips for how to create one. It features experts, including Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, discussing how to create a personal medical record, including what information should be included, who should have access to it, and new technologies that may help patients create and store their information.
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The Safety Reporting Portal 06/28/10

The Safety Reporting Portal streamlines the process of reporting product safety issues to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The portal allows the public (manufacturer, health care professional, researcher, public health official, or concerned citizen) to submit a safety report about the food supply, medicines, and other products in the United States.

Reports can be submitted for safety issues involving the following:
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Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) 06/08/10

The Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) is a computerized information database designed to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) postmarketing safety surveillance program for all approved drug and therapeutic biologic products. The FDA uses AERS to monitor for new adverse events and medication errors that might occur with these marketed products.

Reporting of adverse events from the point of care is voluntary in the United States. Health care professionals and...

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