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
This guide is designed to help health care providers prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections by implementing the five components of care called the “central line bundle.” The central line bundle is a group of evidence-based interventions for patients with intravascular central catheters that, when implemented together, result in better outcomes than when implemented individually. The science supporting each bundle component is sufficiently established to be considered the standard...
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) USA is implementing the global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies and gives special recognition to...
Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Designed for members of a dental team, teachers, and parents, the campaign includes free online resources that can help with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom, and coloring and activity sheets that can be used as handouts.
The campaign materials include:
- Planning planning guide
- Posters for...
ACTS (Advise, Consent, Test, Support) is a user-friendly system of Implementation Guidance for routine HIV testing and Streamlined Counseling that is proven to facilitate significant improvements in HIV testing in both clinical and community-based settings. This package of materials and tools can help to familiarize providers, administrators, trainers and other clinic staff with this approach to making HIV screening a part of routine health care in a variety of clinical settings.
Unified Health Communication 101: Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency is a free online training course that will help providers:
- Improve patient communication skills
- Increase awareness and knowledge of the three main factors that affect communication with patients: health literacy, cultural competency, and low English proficiency
- Implement patient-centered communication practices that demonstrate...
The Girl Power! Community Education Kit highlights many types of messages and materials to help individuals and organizations develop comprehensive, skill-building programs to serve the needs of 9- to 14-year-old girls in their community.
The kit contains the following 11 components:
- Welcome to Girl Power!
- This booklet provides an overview of the Girl Power! program and includes information on the issues and challenges facing 9- to 14-year-old girls...
The COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Learn More Breathe Better Resource Kit is designed to increase awareness of COPD as a serious lung disease. This tool kit contains materials an organization can use to spread the word about the Learn More, Breathe Better campaign in their communities.
This tool kit contains the following materials:
- Campaign backgrounder
- Fact sheets
- Speaker’s guide/presentation materials
- Radio public service...
The goal of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative is to measurably decrease the number of discrepant medication orders and the associated potential and actual patient harm. This toolkit is designed to assist all types of organizations, whether caring for inpatients or outpatients or using an electronic medical record, a paper-based system, or both.
This toolkit is designed to help:
- Make the case for prioritizing medication reconciliation as...
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.