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Autism A.L.A.R.M. 02/16/09

Autism A.L.A.R.M. teaches primary caregivers and medical personnel how to spot autism in young children.

The fact sheet outlines:

  • General guidelines on developmental screening for children
  • The prevalence of autism
  • The importance of listening to parents
  • Tips about identification and intervention

The tool also contains a surveillance and screening algorithm for autism spectrum disorders.

Adherence Readiness Assessment 01/05/09

This assessment form is used to help a patient/client be more adherent to their HIV medications by identifying possible barriers and helping the client overcome them.

When it is determined that a patient/client needs to begin HIV medication based on their CD4 and viral load, the client and provider should complete this form in its entirety at the initial assessment visit. This readiness form is divided into the following assessments:

  • Mental health
  • ...
Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet 12/08/08

This worksheet helps to reduce intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU including:

  • What work needs to happen for the patient to leave the ICU
  • What is the greatest safety risk to the patient
  • What are the key processes for ventilator patients
  • What are the scheduled labs for the patient
  • Catheter care
  • What can be done to assist in...
Pediatric Early Warning (PEW) Score System 10/01/08

The Pediatric Early Warning (PEW) score system can help nurses assess pediatric patients objectively using vital signs in the pediatric intensive care unit. The scoring system takes into account the child’s behavior, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms.

Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations 08/20/08

The “Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations” booklet was developed for parents and provides information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, the benefits and risks of immunization, assists parents in making an informed decision, and clarifies inaccuracies or misinformation about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases.

The booklet includes the following information:

  • The facts about vaccine-preventable diseases
  • The immune system and how...
Community-Acquired Pneumonia Admission Orders 07/10/08

This form helps to provide standardized initial care for community-acquired pneumonia patients using Infectious Diseases Society of America antibiotic guidelines.

The form prompts the physician to:

  • Use evidence-based antibiotic choices
  • Order venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
  • Choose appropriate antibiotics consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality indicators
2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report 06/30/08

The 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) monitors the Nation’s annual progress toward eliminating disparities in health care among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The 2006 report focuses on 22 core measures of quality and 6 core measures of access; income group comparisons highlight 17 core quality measures and 6 core access measures.

The report includes the following sections:

  • Key themes and highlights
  • Introduction and methods
  • ...
Queueing ToolPak 4.0 04/24/08

The Queueing ToolPak (QTP) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that performs basic calculations for waiting line analysis. The functions allow integration of queueing performance measures into spreadsheet models without the limitations imposed by templates with fixed input and output areas that are commonly used for analysis of waiting lines.

The Emergency Pharmacist Research Center: A Safety Measure in Emergency Medicine 03/19/08

These slide presentations and other related tools can assist hospitals, pharmacists, and emergency departments in their efforts to describe, justify, and implement new emergency pharmacist programs.

The slide presentations, which are accompanied by associated tools, include the following sections:

  • Justification
    • Provides a review of the literature that helps justify the need for an emergency pharmacist program
  • Role of the emergency pharmacist
      ...
Door-to-Doc Patient Safety Toolkit 03/19/08

Door to Doc is a patient flow redesign process that improves the safety of care for patients in the emergency department (ED) by reducing the time patients wait to be seen and by expediting admission to the most appropriate hospital unit.

The method for implementing the Door-to-Doc process flow in diverse emergency departments was based on a change model that recognizes the need for robust technical solutions along with acceptance of the change by those affected. It involved two...

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