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Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 06/05/14

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.

Alarm fatigue materials include the following:

  • Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses practice alert: Alarm...
Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients (IA-ADAPT) 01/14/14

This Web site includes information and resources to help clinicians, providers, and consumers better understand how to manage problem behaviors and psychosis in people with dementia using evidence-based approaches. It includes brief lectures, written content, quick reference guides for clinicians and providers, and information for families or patients on the risks and benefits of antipsychotics for people with dementia. Continuing education credit is also offered for prescribers, nurses, and...

Implementing the ABCDE Bundle at the Bedside 05/03/13

This toolkit, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), provides validated, evidence-based clinical knowledge, resources, and guidelines for implementing the ABCDE Bundle to prevent the unintended consequences of critical illness such as delirium, prolonged ventilation, and excessive muscular deterioration. The toolkit simplifies sharing of critical learning and implementation of new initiatives in patient care units. Most tools are available in a customizable format that...

Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program Toolkit 10/23/12

The Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) toolkit provides training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together. It builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety.

The CUSP toolkit is modular and modifiable to meet individual unit needs. Each module includes teaching tools and resources to support change at the unit level.
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Severe Sepsis Practice Alert and Tools 07/13/12

This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.

This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:

  • Severe...
Always Events® Toolbox 12/08/11

This toolbox contains tools and strategies to assist health care professionals in implementing Always Events ® initiatives and meeting their patient- and family-centered care goals. Always Events ® are defined as “those aspects of the patient and family experience that should always occur when patients interact with healthcare professionals and the delivery system.”

These tools and strategies were developed by numerous health care professionals from...

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...

National Commission on Correctional Health Care: Nursing Chronic Disease Flowsheet 06/07/11

This flowsheet can help correctional health care professionals effectively manage diseases commonly found in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. It is designed to be used for a nursing chronic disease visit that occurs between a clinician’s chronic disease visits. The form allows tracking of vital signs, nursing history, and data (e.g., labs, medications) to be viewed over time to assess clinical trends.

NKEplus 05/24/11

NKEplus is a build on the original Nurse Knowledge Exchange (NKE) designed in 2004. This communication system for nursing units in hospitals supports better care and safety for patients and staff. The tools incorporate strategies to manage bedside care, shift change, and distractions to increase quality of care for all parties. The system, used by the project manager/improvement adviser and unit staff, is adaptable to various stages of care and used when needed within the unit.

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Diet Wheel to Ensure Correct Patient Diets and Reduce Errors 12/09/10

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.

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