This form aids physicians in communicating vital information about patients to behavioral health practitioners when referring them. The form details relevant health information such as medication use (to avoid contraindications), past and present medical conditions, allergies, relevant lab results, and contact information for the referring physician. It can also aid in discussions about treatments and provide a full picture of past treatments and methodologies with patients.
This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety. This resource list is not exhaustive but is provided to give initial guidance to hospitals looking for information about patient safety initiatives. This document will be updated periodically.
The resources are organized into the following categories:
- General resources
- Resources by...
The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist reinforces accepted safety practices and fosters better communication and teamwork between clinical disciplines. The checklist is not a regulatory device or a component of official policy; it is intended as a tool for use by clinicians interested in improving the safety of their operations and reducing unnecessary surgical deaths and complications. These safety checks can be performed in any operating room. The checklist includes...
This Web application provides consumers with efficient access to actionable health care information. It helps them understand the symptoms they are experiencing and guides them to an appropriate medical provider using GPS technology. The tool allows users to search for symptoms, diseases, procedures, and providers.
iTriage services include the following:
- Information on more than 300 symptoms, 1,000 diseases, and 350 medical procedures
- Nationwide directory of...
The purpose of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence- and expert-based solutions to these problems. This tool reflects the revised NPSGs to reflect The Joint Commission’s continuing efforts to focus on topics that are of highest priority to patient safety and quality care.
Updates to implementation expectations are provided for...
This diet wheel, developed for dietary and nursing staffs, provides correct patient diet orders as directed by physicians. The wheel, posted outside patient rooms, helps to improve communication and educate families and staff about the patient’s proper dietary needs.
The Options Counselor is a self-guided program for consumers to plan for their quality of life, now and in the future. The information and tools assist individuals in making sound decisions about their care needs as they age. It also provides resources for those helping someone else with a health concern or a disability
Topics and resources include:
- Civic engagement in your community
- Emotional well-being
- Financial planning
MedWatch is a free tool for providers and consumers that offers many ways to help them stay informed about the medical products they prescribe, use, or dispense every day. MedWatch provides safety alerts directly to users through the channel they select, such as mobile text messages or e-mail. Safety messages cover human drugs, medical devices, vaccines and other biologics, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.
Subscription is required. Standard text messaging rates apply for...
These resources can be used to educate patients on a wide range of health issues. The resources available include guides, brochures, flyers, and more.
Topics covered are:
- Brain and nerves
- Coumadin ® (also known as warfarin)
- Fall prevention
- Hip replacement
- Intravenous access
- Safety issues
- Self catheterization
This toolkit contains a variety of fall prevention resources for older adults and the caregivers and health care professionals who work with them. Content can be downloaded directly from the Web site, including manuals, guides, presentations, and videos. Examples of available resources include:
- Video exercises to improve strength and balance
- A home safety self-assessment checklist
- Professional screening and competency guides
- Prevention and risk...