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Parents Helping Parents Fight Asthma 07/22/10

This training guide helps experienced parents teach other parents of asthmatic children what they know about the disease and how to manage it. It includes sample presentation slides and a manual (also available in Spanish) that provides information on how to reduce asthma symptoms and attacks and improve the quality of life for both parents and children.

Topics covered include:

  • Why asthma is such an important issue for American children
  • Sharing...
HealthCare.gov 07/19/10

HealthCare.gov is a Federal Government Web site that is designed to provide health care consumers with comprehensive information regarding health insurance options and programs, health care quality, and prevention of illness and disease. The site provides information tailored for individuals, families with children, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers.

In particular, the site helps consumers:

  • Explore insurance coverage options by State...
Hospital Overcrowding 07/12/10

The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the “full capacity protocol,” which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion. This information may be helpful in changing the culture that surrounds the issues related to hospital overcrowding.

Resources include:

  • Overcrowding PowerPoint presentation—contains information on length of stay, nurse–...
The Safety Reporting Portal 06/28/10

The Safety Reporting Portal streamlines the process of reporting product safety issues to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The portal allows the public (manufacturer, health care professional, researcher, public health official, or concerned citizen) to submit a safety report about the food supply, medicines, and other products in the United States.

Reports can be submitted for safety issues involving the following:
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Think Like a Pancreas: A Guide to Managing Your Diabetes 06/28/10

Think Like a Pancreas is an educational Web site for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. This site contains information, tips, and quizzes on how diabetes and the pancreas interact.

Topics covered include:

  • Controlling sugars
  • Lifestyle issues
  • Staying healthy
  • Troubleshooting
  • Helpful sites
Urgent Matters Toolkit 06/18/10

The Urgent Matters Toolkit is a collection of strategies and tools designed to target specific issues facing hospital emergency departments. This toolkit was developed by hospitals across the country in conjunction with the Urgent Matters national program office at The George Washington University. The Urgent Matters team identified the most innovative patient flow quality improvement strategies implemented by participating pilot hospitals and developed this unique Web-based toolkit...

Patient Decision Aids 06/08/10

These decision aids for patients provide facts, options, and evidence to help them talk with their doctor when making a treatment decision. These tools are meant to serve as a complement to counseling from a health practitioner rather than as a replacement for it.

The Web site includes a searchable A to Z inventory of decision aids on particular health topics, as well as a general decision guide that can be used for any health or social decision. It also includes guides for...

Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) 06/08/10

The Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) is a computerized information database designed to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) postmarketing safety surveillance program for all approved drug and therapeutic biologic products. The FDA uses AERS to monitor for new adverse events and medication errors that might occur with these marketed products.

Reporting of adverse events from the point of care is voluntary in the United States. Health care professionals and...

Cavity Free at Three 05/18/10

Cavity Free at Three is a 3-year statewide initiative aimed at preventing oral disease in young children. Over the course of the project, communities will receive technical assistance, training, supplies, and materials to implement the Cavity Free at Three oral disease prevention program.

Included as free downloads on this Web site are training and program materials to help:

  • Assess pregnant women’s and new mother’s oral health
  • Educate mothers on promoting their...
Telemedicine Standards & Guidelines 05/18/10

In an effort to help advance science and assure the uniform quality of services to patients, the American Telemedicine Association has developed several practice guidelines and technical standards for the field of telemedicine and telehealth. They include core standards that address a wide target group within the health care sector as they apply to individual practitioners, group practices, health care systems, and other providers of health-related services for the purposes of health care...

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