Patient/medication safety

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Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital 06/15/10

This guide for patients can help them care for themselves when they leave the hospital. The easy-to-read guide can be used by both hospital staff and patients during the discharge process and provides a way for patients to track important information, such as:

  • Medication schedules
  • Upcoming medical appointments
  • Questions they may have
  • Important phone numbers
  • Notes about their medical problem
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...

America on the Move: Tools 04/06/10

America On the Move Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to improve health and quality of life by promoting healthful eating and active living among individuals, families, communities, and society. This Web site offers various tools for consumers and health care professionals to help make healthy eating and active living more convenient.

The tools are organized into the following categories:

  • General tools
  • Tools for the home
  • ...
Patient Safety Primers 03/11/10

Patient Safety Primers are guides for health care professionals on safety ideas to put into action in hospitals and health care settings. Each tool refers to a specific topic and provides detailed background information as well as current resources and links.

The topics available include:

  • Safety target
    • Adverse events after hospital discharge
    • Diagnostic errors
    • Disruptive and unprofessional behavior
    • Handoffs and signouts
    • Health...
Pressure Ulcer Clinical Tools & Resources 02/18/10

Information & Quality Healthcare works with nursing homes to reduce the number of patients with pressure ulcers. This site provides various resources on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers.

The tools available for download include:

  • Pressure ulcer data tracking resources
  • Other pressure ulcer resources
    • Quick assessment of leg ulcers
    • Skin check form
    • Communication form
    • Skin care plan form...
Next Step in Care: Family Caregivers and Health Care Professionals Working Together 01/21/10

Next Step in Care: Family Caregivers and Health Care Professionals Working Together is a campaign that provides information and advice to help family caregivers and health care providers plan safe and smooth transitions for patients when patients move from one care setting to another. Resources are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Topics covered include:

  • For family caregivers
    • Guides for all caregivers
    • Hospital stay and discharge planning...
Flu.gov 11/23/09

This Web site provides comprehensive government-wide information on seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird), and pandemic influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policymakers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities. It also provides news, tools, fact sheets, videos, and links to social networking Web sites for the public to connect to local information.

This site is organized into the following sections:...

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work 11/16/09

This Web site educates pharmacists, health care providers, and the general public about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

This site includes the following information and resources:

  • Respiratory illnesses: When antibiotics are and aren’t needed for specific upper respiratory infections
  • A chart to know which common illnesses are usually viral or bacterial and when antibiotics are necessary
  • ...
On the CUSP: Stop Blood Stream Infections - Resources 10/15/09

The resources from the Stop Blood Stream Infections (“Stop BSI”) program aim to eliminate catheter-related bloodstream infections and their associated costs. Similar efforts in Michigan were successful in nearly eliminating these infections by reducing the median rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections to zero. 

The Stop BSI program includes a variety of resources including:

  • Educational sessions
  • The Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Toolkit,...

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