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Diabetes Education Toolkit 10/05/10
This toolkit contains several diabetes education tools that primary care physicians can use to strengthen their partnership with patients and improve the quality of diabetes care.

The tool includes:
  • Physician order for outpatient diabetes education form
  • Doctor/patient agreement
  • Certified diabetes educator list
  • Doctor visit checklist
  • Blood sugar/diet diabetes tracker
  • Self-care checklist
  • Talking to your doctor about diabetes care...
Healthy Work Environment Assessment 09/21/10

This assessment tool can be used for any health care environment to measure its health against the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. These standards identify the systemic behaviors that maintain patient safety, ensure optimal outcomes, and support excellence in nursing practice.

The AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment provides:

  • A baseline measurement of how an organization...
Long-Term Care Toolkit 09/14/10

This toolkit is designed to help health care providers in long-term care facilities implement the 12 Steps to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance Among Long-Term Care Residents, a set of recommendations developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of its Campaign to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings.

The toolkit follows the CDC 12-step framework and is divided into 12 sections, one for each step in the CDC Campaign. Strategies on...

Hand Hygiene at Massachusetts General Hospital: Because We Care 09/14/10

This guide, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital, provides information on hand hygiene for health care workers, patients, and visitors. It includes a quiz and is organized into the following sections:

  • Hand hygiene: General information
  • Hand hygiene: The three basic components
  • When should hand hygiene be done?
  • Cal Stat: What is it? How is it used?
  • Handwashing: When and how?
  • Skin health and problems
  • Why is hand hygiene required...
Text4baby 09/08/10

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.

Improving Medication Safety in Community Pharmacy: Assessing Risk and Opportunities for Change 09/08/10

This manual is designed to help community pharmacy personnel identify potential medication safety risks and prevent errors. Pharmacists can use the materials and tools in this manual to pinpoint specific areas of weakness in their medication delivery systems and to provide a starting point for successful organizational improvements.

The goals of this manual are to:

  • Raise awareness of error-prone processes in the medication delivery system
  • Build awareness of risk...
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Guidance on the Interdisciplinary Safe Use of Automated Dispensing Cabinets 09/08/10

These guidelines are designed to help health professionals safely use automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) to store and dispense drugs near the point of care. The guidelines assist organizations in addressing the number and location of ADCs and related resources; ADC security, screen information, storage configuration and inventory control; and procedures in the case of a power loss or malfunction in making future resource decisions and strategic planning around the devices use.

Hospital Overcrowding 07/12/10

The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the “full capacity protocol,” which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion. This information may be helpful in changing the culture that surrounds the issues related to hospital overcrowding.

Resources include:

  • Overcrowding PowerPoint presentation—contains information on length of stay, nurse–...
Treating Congestive Heart Failure With Beta Blockers: What You Can Do To Make Yourself Feel Better 07/06/10

This brochure can help patients and their families understand congestive heart failure and current treatments, focusing on the use of a group of medications called beta blockers.

The brochure is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction
    • Purpose of brochure
    • Tips to help you manage your congestive heart failure
  • Congestive heart failure
    • What is congestive heart failure?
    • Common causes
    • Signs and...
The Safety Reporting Portal 06/28/10

The Safety Reporting Portal streamlines the process of reporting product safety issues to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The portal allows the public (manufacturer, health care professional, researcher, public health official, or concerned citizen) to submit a safety report about the food supply, medicines, and other products in the United States.

Reports can be submitted for safety issues involving the following:
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