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Mission: Lifeline Tools and Resources 02/08/13

This Web site provides hospitals and health systems tools and resources to improve their systems of care when responding to a patient with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Resources such as checklists, algorithms, protocols, strategies, requirements, fact sheets, and more are available under the following areas:

  • Systems
  • Emergency medical services
  • Referral center
  • Receiving center
  • ...
Enhancing the Management of Neuropathic Pain in the Long-Term Care Setting 01/24/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage residents with neuropathic or persistent pain.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  1. Introduction
  2. Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  3. Sample data collection form and performance measures/...
How To Increase Cancer Screening Rates: A Quality Improvement Toolkit for Busy Office Practices 01/16/13

This toolkit, for physicians and clinical staff, provides evidence-based action steps and tools to improve cancer screening rates in their practice. By increasing cancer screening rates, practices can improve quality performance measures.

The toolkit has three main components:

  1. The four essentials and related tools to improve cancer screening rates
  2. Clinic self-assessment using the four essentials
  3. Guidance and tips for effective office training...
ADOPT Toolkit 12/11/12

This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults. The guides range from planning and development to implementation and evaluation in the following four areas:

  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Medication optimization
  • Care transitions
  • Mobile health

The toolkits contain checklists, lessons learned, and other resources to help to...
Focus on ADHD Software 05/09/12

This software program assists physicians in identifying the optimal medication dosage for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Used in conjunction with a clinical plan, physicians can modify medications to suit the child’s needs. The tool can also aid in conversations with family members regarding treatment.

The Focus software is written in Visual Basic to run in Microsoft Access. The software is designed to:

  • Perform calculations needed...
Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the following:

  • Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
  • Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
  • Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
  • ...
Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records 02/02/12

This online guide, for health care providers, information technology specialists, and system administrators, helps in planning and avoiding possible problems when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR). Developed to provide practical, troubleshooting knowledge and resources for all types of health care organizations, the guide is based on the research literature, other practice-oriented guides for EHR implementation and use, research by its authors, and interviews with...

Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition 01/19/12

The Emergency Severity Index (ESI) is a simple to use, five-level triage instrument that categorizes emergency department (ED) patients by evaluating both patient acuity and resources. The algorithm provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from 1 (most urgent) to 5 (least urgent). ED educators, clinicians, and managers can use this practical guide to develop and conduct an ESI educational program, implement the algorithm, and design an ongoing quality...

Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices 12/08/11

This toolkit for physician offices helps these health care organizations assess their readiness, plan, select, implement, make effective use of, and exchange important information about the clients they serve. The toolkit contains resources and tools for telehealth, health information exchange, and personal health records.

The toolkit supplies a variety of tools for use at different points in health information technology adoption. It consists of seven stages categorized into...

Public Health Performance Improvement Toolkit 12/08/11

The Public Health Performance Improvement Toolkit is an online collection of tools such as archived trainings, sample quality-improvement products, templates, and related resources. These tools have been developed by public health practitioners through their work in public health improvement and in preparation for national voluntary accreditation. The toolkit is continuously updated with new additions from the work of National Network of Public Health Institutes programs, members, and...

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