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Eating Disorders in the Emergency Department: Critical Points for the Recognition and Medical Management of Individuals With Eating Disorders in the Acute Care Setting 11/05/13

This guide for emergency department staff and clinicians is intended as a resource to promote recognition and prevention of medical morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders.

The guide covers the following topics:

  • Common presenting signs and symptoms of eating disorders
  • Emergency department evaluation
  • Acute malnutrition as a medical emergency
  • Emergency department management
Managing Drug-Seeking Behaviors & Super Users in the Emergency Department 10/01/13

This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to “super users” in the ED. The guide offers an approach to understanding and managing two groups of super users—patients exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors and patients with chronic pain—and provides a solution for reducing ED visits.

The appendix to the guide includes sample materials such as a pain management policy, letters, and a pain...

Improving Your Office Testing Process: A Toolkit for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 09/30/13

This toolkit provides information and resources to help physicians' offices, clinics, and other ambulatory care facilities assess and improve the testing process in their offices. The tools will help office staff examine how tests are managed in the office, from the moment tests are ordered until the patient is notified of the test results and the appropriate followup is determined. The toolkit is adaptable to meet the needs of each care facility and goal.

The toolkit is organized...

Guide To Developing and Managing Overdose Prevention and Take-Home Naloxone Projects 08/26/13

This manual is designed to outline the process of developing and managing an overdose prevention and education program, with or without a take-home naloxone component. Overdose prevention work can be easily integrated into existing services and programs that work with people who use or are affected by drugs, including shelter and supportive housing agencies, substance abuse treatment programs, parent and student groups; overdose prevention work can also be useful for groups of people who use...

Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety 07/11/13

The Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety is a tested, evidence-based resource to help hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety. It provides four evidence-based strategies that hospitals can use to implement patient- and family-centered care practices. Each strategy includes educational tools and resources for patients and families, training materials for health care professionals, and real-world examples...

Children's Hospital Safety Climate Questionnaire 06/19/13

The Children's Hospital Safety Climate Questionnaire is intended for health care administrators, researchers, and clinicians interested in understanding patient and family perceptions of the safety climate at their hospital. The questionnaire contains 14 questions on parent perceptions of the hospital safety climate that were adapted from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Although the questionnaire was developed for parents of...

The Batz Guide for Bedside Advocacy: Teaming up for the Patient 06/17/13

The Batz Guide for Bedside Advocacy is a tool that patients can use to organize their health care information, including telephone numbers, information about medications, and test results to bring to appointments. The guide is intended to make procedures or hospital stays as safe as possible by encouraging patients to ask questions during appointments and keep notes regarding their health concerns and treatment plans.

The guide is divided into the following sections:

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Eliminating Health Care–Associated Infections: State Policy Options 05/29/13

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance to senior policymakers on various promising ways to use legal and policy interventions as tools to implement comprehensive health care–associated infection (HAI) prevention programs. The guide outlines several policies related to reporting, training, and financial incentives and disincentives aimed at decreasing HAIs.

 

Implementing the ABCDE Bundle at the Bedside 05/03/13

This toolkit, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), provides validated, evidence-based clinical knowledge, resources, and guidelines for implementing the ABCDE Bundle to prevent the unintended consequences of critical illness such as delirium, prolonged ventilation, and excessive muscular deterioration. The toolkit simplifies sharing of critical learning and implementation of new initiatives in patient care units. Most tools are available in a customizable format that...

Medical Respite Tool Kit 04/03/13

The purpose of the Medical Respite Tool Kit is to provide information and tools to help organizations and advocates plan, develop, and sustain medical respite programs. Medical respite care is acute and postacute medical care for homeless persons who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets but who are not ill enough to be in a hospital. This approach provides a safe alternative to hospitals and for individuals in need of postdischarge medical care. It...

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