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Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Resources and Tools 06/16/14

This library of publicly available resources and tools can help safety net providers understand and implement the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care. Users can navigate these free resources by type or topic or by the registry of tools and resources, which includes all resources and tools hosted on the Web site and those hyperlinked within documents on the site.

Resource types include the following:

  • PCMH assessment
  • Change concept resources:...
Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 06/05/14

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.

Alarm fatigue materials include the following:

  • Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses practice alert: Alarm...
IMPaCT™ Model Tool Kit 06/04/14

The IMPaCT ™ model is an evidence-based system for community health worker (CHW) recruitment, training, and care. In the IMPaCT model, CHWs provide tailored support to help high-risk patients achieve individualized health goals. This toolkit is designed to help other organizations adapt and implement this model.

The toolkit includes the following resources:

  • Director manual
  • Participatory action research manual
  • Manager manual
  • IMPaCT...
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Control and Prevention Toolkit 06/04/14

Leaders in infectious disease and infection control, as well as those concerned with patient safety and performance improvement, can use the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) control and prevention toolkit to develop interventions to control CRE.

The toolkit is organized into seven sections:

  1. Assessing your readiness for change
  2. Starting your project
  3. Putting your intervention into practice
  4. Implementing best practices
  5. ...
Alarm Safety Resource Site 05/29/14

The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety. The site includes links to guidance articles published by ECRI Institute through ECRI’s various membership groups, articles from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, blog posts, and news.

The free educational Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Health devices webinars
  • Joint Commission resources
  • ECRI Institute alarms-...
Prehospital Medical Information System 05/21/14

The Prehospital Medical Information System (PreMIS) is a State-mandated, Internet-based emergency medical services (EMS) information system that collects data on each EMS call report made within the States of Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Submitted data provide hospitals and EMS administrators the capability to evaluate EMS patient care and system performance.

The PreMIS Web page includes video instructions and patient handoff forms. Although...

Latch On NYC 05/09/14

Latch On NYC is a citywide initiative designed to support mothers who choose to breastfeed. The initiative includes a public awareness campaign highlighting the health benefits of breast milk, such as reducing the risk of ear infections, diarrhea, and pneumonia.

The Latch On NYC Web site provides the following materials:

  • Initiative description
  • Subway ads
  • Hospital posters
  • Myths and facts about Latch On NYC
  • Latch On NYC hospital...
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 04/24/14

The Roadmap for Hospitals was developed by The Joint Commission to inspire hospitals to integrate concepts from the communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care fields into their organizations. This guide provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.

Roadmap chapters address the following components of the care continuum:...

Community Connections: Linking Primary Care Patients to Local Resources for Better Management of Obesity 04/08/14

This toolkit is intended to help primary care practices link to community resources for improving the care of patients struggling with obesity. It can help practices learn what resources are available and establish productive partnerships with community organizations. The toolkit also provides guidance on improving patient flow, developing a bidirectional referral process, and increasing patient engagement.

How-to Guide: Sustainability and Spread 03/27/14

This guide provides information for hospitals on how to sustain and spread improvements they have made since adopting interventions from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign.

This guide identifies well-tested approaches for pursuing those goals:

  • Sustainability: Locking in the progress that hospitals have made and continually building on it
  • Spread: Actively disseminating best practices...

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