Patient/medication safety

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Checklist of Hand Hygiene Interventions 12/17/07

This checklist offers interventions to increase overall compliance with hand hygiene guidelines in a health care setting.

The interventions on this checklist address the following areas:

  • Making changes on the walls and countertops and in the supply closet
  • Actions for infection control professionals, patient safety managers, quality managers, nurses, and supply personnel
  • Required policies/rules/training/awareness
  • Promoting culture change
  • Agency...
Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit provides general guidelines for correct vaccine storage and handling. Specific recommendations for vaccine storage and handling procedures may vary among different State health department immunization programs. This toolkit does not replace these State health department policies but rather is meant to supplement them.

This toolkit is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Cold chain
  • Storage and handling plans
  • Vaccine...
Patient Safety Toolbox for States 12/17/07

This electronic toolbox is intended to provide States with tools they can use or modify as they develop or improve adverse event reporting systems. The tool box includes information (policies, practices, forms, reports, methods, and contracts) related to State reporting systems, links to other Web resources, and fast facts and issues related to patient safety.

This tool box is organized as follows:
  • Profiles of States (and the District of Columbia) with adverse event...
Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 1--Series Overview and Methodology 12/17/07

This report (the first volume in a series) provides an overview of methods and theoretical underpinnings of the quality improvement (QI) field of study. A critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement strategies for a selection of 20 disease and practice priorities identified in a 2003 Institute of Medicine report was compiled to bring data to bear on this “quality gap” and the opportunities that exist to bridge it.

This volume presents the following information...

Guidelines for Using Medicines Safely 12/17/07

This tool provides tips to patients on safe medication use. It outlines steps they should take at the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, and at home.

Medication Calendar 12/17/07
This tool provides patients with an easy-to-understand list of medications that includes indications as well as dose, route, frequency, and specific timing recommendations. Medications and instructions can be typed out and provided to patients before discharge.
Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide 12/17/07

This guide provides information about Web sites that sell medications, offers tips when purchasing medications online, and offers suggestions for consumers looking for a safe Web site. The guide is available as both a Web page and a brochure, in both English and Spanish.

Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy for Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the primary prevention of chronic conditions. The USPSTF systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness of a wide range of clinical preventive services—including screening, counseling, and chemoprevention (the use of medication to prevent diseases)—to develop recommendations for preventive care in the primary care setting.

Some health...

Eating Defensively: Food Safety Advice for Persons With AIDS 12/17/07

This brochure offers people with AIDS tips on how to avoid foodborne illnesses.

This brochure addresses the following topics:

  • Bacteria and food poisoning
  • Shopping for food
  • At home
  • Eating out
  • Traveling abroad
Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines 12/17/07

This 11-page brochure for consumers addresses the harmful effects of drinking while taking certain medicines.

This brochure includes the following sections:

  • Did you know
    • Medicines may have many ingredients
    • Some medicines contain alcohol
    • Alcohol affects women differently
    • Older people face greater risk
    • Timing is important
  • Commonly used medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter) that interact with alcohol
  • ...

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