CLABSI Toolkit – Preventing Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections: Useful Tools, An International Perspective 12/16/13

The overarching goal of the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) toolkit is to provide the most current information and guidance on practices and technology, as well as the most appropriate tools, resources, and education to assist health care organizations in reducing the current burden associated with CLABSIs.

The toolkit is separated into the following chapters and sections:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Types of central venous catheters and...
Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) Toolkit 12/16/13

The goal of MARQUIS (Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study) is to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely at times of care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital. This study, which was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has produced a set of medication reconciliation tools to reduce medication errors that frequently occur during care transitions.


Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff 11/29/13

The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework and practical, evidenced-based guidance for primary care teams to adopt and successfully implement health assessments in primary care practices.

The guide can help any practice interested in health assessments:

  • Practices with limited experience in implementing health assessments
  • Practices that have struggled with implementing health assessments in the past
  • Practices experienced in implementing...
Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 11/05/13

The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults. It is intended for use by acute care hospitals that serve critically ill adults in dedicated ICUs. This enhanced protocol provides a scientific foundation for...

Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center Toolkit 10/23/13

This toolkit is for organizations starting or expanding a telehealth program at their facility. The toolkit provides information, tools, guidelines, templates, forms, and other resources for developing telehealth activities. These materials offer examples and illustrations of what others have done and what the experts recommend for an organization’s stage in development.

The toolkit covers the following topic areas:

  • Clinical
  • Reimbursement
  • Education...
Rural Health Information Hub: Tools for Success 10/03/13

The Rural Health Information Hub provides access to resources that support grant writing, demonstrate program effectiveness, and show innovative program techniques being developed in rural communities. The center also presents health and human service program models and innovations from rural communities to provide examples of lessons learned.

The resources available can help rural communities:

  • Grow funding
  • Improve programs
  • Promote successes to...
Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit 10/03/13

The Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit (C-CAT) is an organizational performance assessment toolkit from the Ethical Force Program ® at the American Medical Association designed to assist organizations in meeting the needs of a diverse patient population. This one-of-a-kind resource can help organizations assess how effectively they communicate, so they can target resources for improvement exactly where they are needed.

The C-CAT can help organizations improve...

Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers 09/30/13

The Practice Facilitation Handbook is designed to assist in the training of new practice facilitators as they begin to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support meaningful improvement in primary care practices. It evolved from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net toolkit. That toolkit was developed to aid safety net practices in implementing the Chronic Care Model, now commonly referred to as the...

Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process: A Step-by-Step Guide for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 09/30/13

About 40 percent of patient encounters in primary care offices involve some form of medical test. Studies of primary care offices consistently show that the process for managing tests is a significant source of error and patient harm. This step-by-step guide can help you increase the reliability of the testing process in your office. The tools will help you examine how tests are managed in your office, from the moment tests are ordered until the patient is notified of the test results and...

Engaging Patients in Improving Ambulatory Care 09/30/13

This toolkit, for health care organizations and primary care practices, provides guidance on how to work with patients and families to improve care. The compendium of resources includes a variety of tools that health care organizations can use to engage patients. These tools can help recruit, orient, and train patients; clarify roles and responsibilities; and put a structure in place to foster relationships. The accompanying video segments offer lessons and tips for effectively working with...


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