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National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) 12/17/07

This Web-accessible database provides access to evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The National Guideline Clearinghouse’s (NGC’s) mission is to provide physicians, nurses, health care providers and professionals, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.

Key components of NGC include:...

Asthma Assessment Flow Sheet 12/17/07

This two-page flow sheet provides structured documentation for the assessment of patients with asthma and assists providers in embedding guidelines into daily practice.

The flow sheet includes fields for recording the following information:

  • Vital signs and lung function tests
  • Current symptoms
  • Recent daytime symptoms
  • Recent nighttime symptoms
  • B2-agonist use
  • ER visits
  • Missed school
  • Home peak flow rates
  • ...
Communicating With and About People with Disabilities 12/17/07

This fact sheet includes suggestions on how to communicate effectively with and about people with disabilities.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • Words
    • Affirmative phrases
    • Negative phrases
  • Actions
    • General tips for communicating with people with disabilities
    • Tips for communicating with individuals who are blind or visually impaired
    • Tips for communicating with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing...
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...

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
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) 11/29/07

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

  • Using NREPP
    • History of NREPP and recent changes
    • Types of interventions included in NREPP
      • Mental health promotion
      • Mental health treatment
      • Substance abuse prevention
      • Substance abuse treatment
      • Co-occurring disorders
    • What is...
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
    • ...
Predicting Casualty Severity and Hospital Capacity 11/29/07

This planning tool helps hospitals predict the pattern of casualty severity and their capacity to provide care after a mass casualty event.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Predicting triage severity
  • Predicting hospital capacity to care for critical casualties
  • Predicting hospital capacity to care for noncritical casualties
Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide, 2nd Edition 11/29/07

This guide is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism, to reduce initial distress and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning. It is for use by mental health specialists, including first responders, incident command systems, primary and emergency health care providers, school crisis response teams, faith-based organizations, disaster relief organizations, Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve...

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:...

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