This toolkit is a collection of resources and tools to help patient care facility staff create and improve comprehensive falls prevention programs. The toolkit can be coordinated across disciplines and care areas to reduce falls and fall-related injuries. It can also help in creating an interdisciplinary falls team for reviewing high fall-risk patients and implement interventions to reduce their risk.
The Falls Toolkit provides information on:
- Designing a falls...
The Adolescent Health Transition Project is designed to help smooth the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs. This site is a resource for information, materials, and links for people interested in health transition issues.
Site contents include:
- Information for:
- Teens and young adults
- Diabetes-specific information
- Parents and families
- Diabetes-specific information ...
- Teens and young adults
The INTERMED method is an action-oriented, decision support tool for clinicians, which assesses patient complexity, stimulates interdisciplinary communication, and can help patients and clinicians make decisions about treatment plans. It is a multidimensional rating scale used by health care providers to conduct a quick yet comprehensive assessment of complex medical and surgical patients.
The site includes:
- An introductory video
- Bedside manual (available...
This Web page offers a variety of publications to download about asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung diseases.
The information includes:
- Asthma materials for schools
- Asthma slide sets
- Guidelines for managing asthma during pregnancy
- Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma
- Web sites and interactive Web applications for COPD/emphysema
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...
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...
This Web site helps health care organizations throughout the US to provide high-quality, culturally competent services to multi-ethnic populations. Through support tools and tutorials, the site serves as a source for health professionals seeking resources on cultural issues within the context of quality of care for the improvement of global health.
Topics covered include:
- Getting started
- What is cultural competence?
- Evaluating oneself
This educational video for health professionals demonstrates how to conduct oral health exams sensitively with survivors of torture. The video and corresponding bullet points help providers use techniques that will not re-traumatize patients by simulating their torture experience.
This Web site encourages men to actively take part in their health care by educating themselves on health care and participating in decisions with their doctor.
The site includes guidance in the following areas:
- Stay healthy
- Talk with your doctor
- Get preventive medical tests
- Know your prescription
- Find advice and support
- Get more information
The site is also available in Spanish.
This Web site presents the principles of clinical microsystems as well as related tools and resources to help health care professionals improve their practice care and outcomes.
Clinical microsystems are the front-line units that provide most health care to most people. They are the places where patients, families, and care teams meet. Microsystems also include support staff, processes, technology, and recurring patterns of information, behavior, and results.