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Making Strides in Safety 03/19/08

The Making Strides in Safety program encourages physician leadership and involvement in improving patient care. The Making Strides in Safety Web site includes downloadable tools to engage and support physicians in national safety and quality initiatives and campaigns in the settings in which they provide care. They include toolkits on participation, implementation, and health delivery systems improvement as well as a tip sheet on communication effectiveness.

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
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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...

Communicating Critical Test Results Toolkit 03/19/08

This toolkit is designed to facilitate the communication of critical test results from the lab or nurse to the physician. Critical test results are defined as any test result that may result in serious outcomes for patients. Improving communication of critical test results can reduce the rate of adverse events, because the physician has time to intervene.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • A sample worksheet for recording the reporting of critical values
  • Sources of...
Red-Yellow-Green Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Tool 12/17/07

This one-page tool, in Microsoft(r) Word format, uses the colors of a stoplight to guide patients in managing their congestive heart failure symptoms. The tool is divided into green (“all clear”), yellow (“caution”), and red (“medical alert”) zones. For each zone, the tool provides signs and symptoms and allows the health care provider to give specific instructions for managing the condition, including guidance on when to seek emergency medical assistance.

Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.

The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...

Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs 12/17/07

This Web site is part of a campaign to increase awareness of the need to act quickly when someone may be having a heart attack. The campaign urges physicians to educate patients about heart attack risk, warning signs, and survival and offers educational materials for the public and health care professionals. The Web site includes information based on material developed by the Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment (REACT) research program.

This tool addresses the following...

Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs 12/17/07

This Web site contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children. This online resource can help to answer the following (and related) questions about measuring health care quality in child health programs:

  • How can you tell whether children are receiving quality health care?
  • How do you know when a health program is functioning effectively?
  • Where can you find tools to help answer these questions?
  • If the right tool is not...
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) 12/17/07

This Web-accessible database provides access to evidence-based quality measures and measure sets. The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) mission is to provide practitioners, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others with an accessible mechanism for obtaining detailed information on quality measures, and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use in order to inform health care decisions.

Key components of NQMC...

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) 12/17/07

This Web-accessible database provides access to evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The National Guideline Clearinghouse’s (NGC’s) mission is to provide physicians, nurses, health care providers and professionals, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.

Key components of NGC include:...

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