Patient/medication safety

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Exposure to Blood: What Healthcare Personnel Need to Know 12/17/07

This tool gives health care workers information about the risks of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and suggests actions to be taken when such exposures occur.

The following health topics are discussed:

  • Occupational exposures to blood
  • If an exposure occurs
  • Risk of infection after exposure
  • Treatment for the exposure
  • Followup after...
Speak Up™: Planning Your Follow-up Care 12/17/07

This brochure provides tips to encourage patients to become more involved in their care. It also gives patients guidance on how to find out about their medical condition, new medicines, and followup care.

The brochure includes the following information:

  • What should you do before leaving the hospital?
  • What if you have trouble understanding the language used in the instructions?
  • You feel overwhelmed by the followup care you need. What can you do?...
Preventing Infections in the Hospital - What You Can Do: A Consumer Fact Sheet 12/17/07

This fact sheet offers tips to help protect patients from infections in the hospital.

Tips on this fact sheet are divided into the following categories:

  • Planning ahead for surgery
  • While in the hospital following surgery
Problems and Prevention: Chest Tube Insertion 12/17/07

This 11-minute DVD uses video excerpts from 50 actual chest tube insertion procedures to illustrate problems that may occur. The DVD can be used as a tutorial for physicians in hospitals, including surgical and emergency department residents, on the correct technique for inserting chest tubes and the common pitfalls in clinical practice.

The Web site provides the following information:

  • Key messages
  • Findings
  • Information for ordering the DVD
Keep It With You: Personal Medical Information Form 12/17/07

This form is intended to be a voluntary and temporary record that lists medical care and other health information for people who need care during disasters and similar situations. This form can assist health care workers to learn information about past and new health concerns for people receiving help.

Patients fill out as much information on the form as they can, and staple their immunization card listing the shots they have recently received to the form.

Information recorded on...

Infection: Don't Pass It On, Hand Hygiene Posters 12/17/07

This tool provides links for downloading 60 campaign posters on hand hygiene as a means to reduce the risk of infection. These posters are intended to promote hand hygiene to both clinical and general audiences in health care settings. Three of the posters are also available in Spanish.

Over-the-Counter Medicine Interaction Cabinet 12/17/07

This interactive tool informs consumers about how some over-the-counter medicines may interact with prescription medicines.

The over-the-counter medications included are:

  • Acid reducers
  • Antihistamines
  • Cough medicines
  • Diet aids
  • Decongestants
  • Laxatives
  • Nasal sprays
  • Pain relievers
  • Upset stomach/heartburn medicines

A legend is provided listing whether the selected medication has:

  • More...
Red-Yellow-Green Asthma Tool 12/17/07

This one-page tool, in Microsoft(r) Word format, uses the colors of a stoplight to guide patients in managing their asthma symptoms. The tool is divided into green (“all clear”), yellow (“caution”), and red (“medical alert”) zones. For each zone, the tool provides signs and symptoms and allows the health care provider to give specific instructions for managing the condition, including guidance on when to seek emergency medical assistance.

Breast Cancer Treatment and Pregnancy - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Patient Version) 12/17/07

This summary for patients addresses breast cancer treatment in women who are pregnant, nursing, or have just given birth.

The summary addresses the following topics:

  • General information about breast cancer and pregnancy
  • Stages of breast cancer
  • Treatment option overview
  • Treatment options by stage
    • Early stage breast cancer (stage I and stage II)
    • Late stage breast cancer (stage III and stage IV)
  • Other...
Clinical Pharmacology Educational Module 1: Preventable Adverse Drug Reactions: A Focus on Drug Interactions 12/17/07

This educational module addresses preventable adverse drug reactions (ADRs). It was developed based on a needs survey sent to all third-year medicine clerkship directors and all medicine residency program directors in the United States.

This module contains the following components:

  • Slide presentation
    • Sample case
    • ADR prevalence and incidence
    • Types of drug interactions
    • Drug metabolism
    • ADR reporting
    • Preventing drug...

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