Patient/medication safety

QualityTools

Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation 12/07/11

This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to improving the medication reconciliation process. It promotes a successful approach to medication management and reconciliation that emphasizes standardization of the process for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists within the facility to document and confirm a patient's home medication list on admission. It also emphasizes the need to clearly define roles and responsibilities of clinical staff.

The toolkit is based on the Medications at...

DiabetesIQ 11/15/11

DiabetesIQ is a mobile application for patients and nonpatients to learn about diabetes and ways to manage it. Through quizzes and games, users can compete with others in their knowledge level of diabetes. Users can track glucose levels, blood pressure, weight, and exercise and share the information with health care professionals or caregivers.

Registration and download of the application is free.

Partnering with Patients and Families to Enhance Safety and Quality: A Mini Toolkit 11/04/11

This toolkit for health care leaders, clinicians, and staff demonstrates ways to partner with patients and families to enhance quality and safety. It provides tools and resources that support efforts to ensure patient care is safe and responsive to the needs, priorities, goals, and values of patients and their families.

The materials found in the toolkit include:

  • Patients and families as advisers in enhancing safety and quality: broadening our vision
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Taking Charge of Your Healthcare: Your Path to Being an Empowered Patient 10/26/11

Health care providers can use this toolkit during hospital discharge to help patients leave the hospital with confidence. It includes the tools and information patients need to make a smooth transition to their next destination.

Elements of the toolkit are:

  • Staying Safe When You Leave the Hospital: A journal-like bifold booklet that guides patients and family members to collect their thoughts and ask the right questions.
  • Talking to...
Interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP) 10/26/11

The interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP) is a computerized clinical decision support tool for health care providers who treat asthma patients. It helps patients and physicians manage and prevent asthma symptoms, while providing information to the patient’s health care team. The iAAP program creates patient-specific treatment plans, which are available in English and Spanish.

The iAAP is available via a Web-based kiosk or can be downloaded to run either on a desktop or for...

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Risk Calculator 10/25/11

This calculator predicts the probability of a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). It is based on the equation published in the article, “Does information available at admission for delivery improve prediction of vaginal birth after cesarean?” The objective of this study was to construct a predictive model for VBAC that combines factors that can be ascertained only as the pregnancy progresses with those known at initiation of prenatal care.

The calculator is designed...

Health Care–Associated Infections: Prevention Toolkits 09/26/11

These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections (HAIs) that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting. The toolkits provide information on improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control guidance and prevention successes to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent health care–associated infections.

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STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials 08/03/11

The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and is focused on two components:

  • A multistate learning community to improve transitions of care
  • Targeted technical assistance to address systemic barriers to reducing avoidable rehospitalizations

The project Web site includes the following materials:

  • STAAR...
Medication Adherence Time Tool 06/22/11

This tool for physicians and clinical staff provides education surrounding patient/provider communication about medication use and adherence during a visit. It includes an executive summary of the most up-to-date information on delivering preventive services to patients in the context of a clinical visit. It also includes a clinical reference document that provides the evidence to support the tool.

The tool is accompanied by a patient guide that may be shared during a clinic visit and...

Partnering to Heal: Teaming up Against Health Care–Associated Infections 06/22/11

Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates. It highlights effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a culture of safety in health care institutions to keep patients from getting sicker.

The training promotes these key behaviors:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Hand washing
  • ...

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