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Severe Sepsis Practice Alert and Tools 07/13/12

This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.

This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:

  • Severe...
Health Workforce Information Center: Resources 06/07/12

The Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) provides free access to the most recent resources on the nation's health workforce in one easy-to-use online location. Resources available through HWIC's Web site will help health providers, educators, researchers, and policymakers around the nation develop strategies to meet future workforce demands.

HWIC's online library provides updated information on the following:

  • Health workforce programs and funding sources...
Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials Tool 05/21/12

This tool allows users to search for cancer education materials in Asian or Pacific Islander languages. Users can search by language/ethnicity, cancer type, topic, author, and/or keyword.

Languages or ethnicities include the following:

  • Bangla/Bengali
  • Chamorro
  • Chinese
  • Chuukese
  • English
  • Hawaiian
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Ilocano
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Kosraean
  • Laotian
  • ...
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
  • ...
Natural Disaster Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Podcasts 02/02/12

This toolkit features public service announcements (PSAs) and podcasts that provide messages with safety tips on how to protect consumers during a natural disaster. Health officials and state and local health departments can tailor messages based on local needs and distribute them through emergency messaging systems.

The PSAs address the following topics:

  • Staying safe after the storm
  • Food and water
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cleanup
  • ...
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...

Effective Health Care Program: Tools and Resources 01/13/12

This section of the Effective Health Care Program Web site provides tools and resources to help consumers, clinicians, policymakers, and others make more informed health care decisions. The materials cover various health topics and are developed through patient-centered outcomes research. The site also provides materials for researchers and others interested in the systematic study of evidence and research methods.

Tools and resources include:

  • Patient decision...
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...

Center for Health IT Tutorials 12/08/11

These tutorials are informational resources and interactive tools to help health care professionals and administrators learn more about electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT). The tutorials cover the basics of preparing for, selecting, implementing, and maintaining an EHR in various health care settings. The content offers basic information about how to prepare for an EHR, selecting the right system, redesigning office workflow, and maintaining and improving...

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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