QualityTools Resources for Health Care Providers 04/28/09

AirNow is a Web site that provides national air quality information including air quality forecasts and condition maps. A dedicated page for health care providers provides information about air quality and its impacts on humans. This information can be used to help patients protect their health by reducing their exposure to air pollution.

The provider page includes the following resources and materials:

  • Asthma and outdoor air pollution fact sheet
  • Ozone and your...
Deploy Rapid Response Teams 03/15/09

These tools, which are part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign, can help a hospital establish a rapid response team program. A rapid response team is composed of clinicians who bring critical care expertise to the patient bedside (or wherever it is needed) to prevent deaths in patients who are failing outside intensive care settings.

This site is organized into the following sections:
  • Getting started kit
  • Campaign mentor hospitals...
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign 03/04/09

The Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years or older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.

The central campaign messages include:

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States of cancers affecting both men and women
  • Screening saves lives
  • Colorectal cancer often can be prevented. Regular screening tests can find precancerous polyps so...
Stop -- Learn -- Go -- Tips for Talking With Your Pharmacist to Learn How to Use Medicines Safely 01/19/09

This brochure offers tips to help patients work with their health care professionals to learn how to use medicine to increase its benefits. It includes a list of things to tell the pharmacist, questions to ask the pharmacist, and suggestions for checking medications before leaving the pharmacy.

Hablamos Juntos: Using Symbols 01/16/09

This Web site helps health and hospital administrators, facilities managers, architects, and designers of health care wayfinding systems eliminate language barriers and improve the quality of health care for people with limited English proficiency through the use of health care symbols in wayfinding systems. Universal symbols help create dynamic systems where patients and visitors feel more comfortable and confident while navigating in a health care facility.

Resources on the...

Bone Health for Life: Easy-to-Read Information for Patients and Families 01/06/09

This 28-page booklet provides valuable information for consumers and patients on osteoporosis and describes strategies to enhance bone health at any age. It answers the following questions:

  • Why does bone health matter?
  • What is osteoporosis?
  • Who gets osteoporosis?
  • Am I really at risk?
  • How do I know if I have osteoporosis?
  • What can I do to make my bones healthier?
  • Will I need to take medicine for my bones?
  • How can I... 12/11/08

This Web site contains tips and tools that consumers can use to quit tobacco use and that health care providers can use to help patients quit tobacco use. The site includes a toll-free number consumers can call for support as well as instructions on how health care providers can order free materials for patients such as reference cards and brochures. Washington State residents may also receive free nicotine patches or gum by calling the quit line and speaking to a quit coach.


Speak Up Campaign 12/10/08

In March 2002, the Joint Commission, together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, launched a national campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved, and informed participants on their health care team.

The campaign features brochures, posters, and buttons on the following patient safety topics:

  • Help prevent errors in your care
  • Help avoid mistakes in your surgery
  • Information... 11/25/08

This free online resource for managers, occupational health providers, benefits and human resource managers, and employees helps companies assess the impact of diabetes and the need for education in the workplace. Information on the Web site also helps employees with or at risk for diabetes manage their diabetes while at work and teaches them how to reduce their risk for further complications.

The site includes the following information:

  • Getting started
    • Making...
Cover Your Cough 11/13/08

These flyers and posters for health care facilities and community or public settings like schools and child care facilities teach people to stop the spread of germs by covering their cough. They also instruct how to clean hands after coughing or sneezing.

The posters are available in English and Spanish. The flyers are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, and a variety of other languages.


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