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Fistula First Change Package 12/17/07

Fistula First provides clinical and organizational changes for increasing arteriovenous fistula (AVF) use and improving hemodialysis patient outcomes.

This package describes 11 steps to improve hemodialysis:

  1. Routine continuous quality improvement (CQI) review of vascular access
  2. Timely referral to nephrologists
  3. Early referral to surgeon for “AVF only” evaluation and timely placement...
Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0-18 Years--United States, 2008 12/17/07

This tool presents the recommended immunization schedules for persons age 0-18 years and the catch-up immunization schedule, as approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Changes from the previous schedule are identified.

This tool presents the following information:

  • Recommended immunization schedule for persons age 0-6 years
  • Recommended immunization...
Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) 12/17/07

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-industry partnership. The HCUP databases, which are available for purchase, bring together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government to create a national information resource of patient-level health care data. HCUP databases contain a core...

HCUPnet 12/17/07

This interactive tool is used for identifying, tracking, analyzing, and comparing statistics on hospital care. It is part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). With HCUPnet, users have easy access to national statistics and trends and selected State statistics about hospital stays. HCUPnet generates statistics using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), the Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), and State Inpatient Databases (SID) for States that participate. HCUPnet...

It's About Time! Achieving Benchmarks and Best Practices in Wait Time Management 12/17/07

This report provides the basis for governments to accelerate their timetable for the adoption of wait-time for health services benchmarks, the setting of targets, and the implementation of strategies to meet the targets. It addresses the following:


  • Defining wait-time benchmarks
  • When does the clock start ticking
  • “First principles” to guide development of wait-time benchmarks
  • The Waiting Time Alliance’s (WTA’s) proposed wait-time benchmarks...
Exposure to Blood: What Healthcare Personnel Need to Know 12/17/07

This tool gives health care workers information about the risks of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and suggests actions to be taken when such exposures occur.

The following health topics are discussed:

  • Occupational exposures to blood
  • If an exposure occurs
  • Risk of infection after exposure
  • Treatment for the exposure
  • Followup after...
Health Information Technology Costs & Benefits Database 12/17/07

This database contains literature articles about the costs and/or benefits of health information technology (HIT) and is searchable in a variety of ways. The Web site also contains information about how the database was developed and about barriers to the implementation of HIT.

This Web page includes the following sections:

  • Search database according to the following criteria:
    • HIT elements
    • Institute of Medicine categories
    • Types of health...
Keep It With You: Personal Medical Information Form 12/17/07

This form is intended to be a voluntary and temporary record that lists medical care and other health information for people who need care during disasters and similar situations. This form can assist health care workers to learn information about past and new health concerns for people receiving help.

Patients fill out as much information on the form as they can, and staple their immunization card listing the shots they have recently received to the form.

Information recorded on...

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...

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