Patient/medication safety

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Diabetes Care Card 12/17/07

This wallet card provides space to help people with diabetes maintain records of medications and medical tests, identifies personal targets for preventive medical care, and provides information that can be used by others in case of emergency.

This wallet card allows users to record the following information:

  • Medications, dosages, and times
  • Name
  • Allergies
  • Names and telephone numbers for the doctor, other health care providers, and an emergency contact...
Oregon Heart Failure GAP Toolkit 12/17/07

The Oregon Heart Failure GAP (Guidelines Applied in Practice) Toolkit contains a variety of tools, some for clinicians treating patients suffering from heart failure, and others for heart failure patients themselves.

  • Clinician tools:
    • Clinician guide to heart failure treatment - For primary care clinicians
    • Tips for increasing effectiveness of interactions with patients
    • Sample heart failure visit template
  • Patient tools:
    • How to care...
Color-coded Wristband Standardization in Arizona Implementation Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit can help hospitals implement a standardized color-coded wristband system, using Arizona's model. In 2006, Arizona hospitals began a Statewide initiative to use color-coded wristbands to help hospital workers identify at-risk patients, including those who have do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, allergies, or who are at risk for falls. Since many health care workers practice at more than one hospital, standardized wristband colors help them avoid confusion and possible medical error...

Post-Acute Transfer Form 11/29/07

This form is used to standardize information transferred between acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities throughout the four-county northeastern Ohio region. It may be adapted for use in other areas. It includes information on medications, activities of daily living, orders, and special care needs.

SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model 11/29/07

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique and tools provide a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient’s condition. SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism for framing any conversation requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. Free registration and login are required to download the tool.

This tool includes two components:

  • SBAR report to physician about a critical situation:...
Essentials of Public Reporting of Health Care-Associated Infections: A Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit was created to assist States and health care facilities facing legislative mandates to publicly report health care-associated infections by providing guidance on components necessary for a meaningful reporting system. It details recommended steps, including the identification or creation of a responsible agency at the State level, personnel for data collection and quality improvement, strategies to prevent unintended consequences of public reporting, and recommended outcome...

Care Transitions Program Toolkit 11/29/07

Through this 4-week program, patients with complex care needs receive specific tools, are supported by a “transition coach,” and learn self-management skills to ensure their needs are met during the transition from hospital to home.

The tool kit includes the following:

  • Intervention tools
    • Protocol manual
    • Discharge preparation checklist
    • Personal health record
    • Sample transition coach charting form
    • Coach database
    • ...
Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 11/29/07

Long-term care and other residential facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of their pandemic influenza planning efforts.

This checklist is divided into the following sections:

  • Structure for planning and decisionmaking
  • Development of a written pandemic influenza plan
  • Elements of an influenza pandemic plan

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