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Ambulatory Patient Safety Toolkit 12/17/07

These 11 assessment tools and project summaries were developed to help medical providers evaluate their offices’ practices in identified structural and process measures that relate to patient safety. The 40-page toolkit provides brief narratives describing how participants in a mini-collaborative of seven regional sites used the tools to improve patient safety. This tool was developed by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for the Safety Collaborative for the OutPatient Environment (SCOPE), a...

Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit provides general guidelines for correct vaccine storage and handling. Specific recommendations for vaccine storage and handling procedures may vary among different State health department immunization programs. This toolkit does not replace these State health department policies but rather is meant to supplement them.

This toolkit is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Cold chain
  • Storage and handling plans
  • Vaccine...
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory Pharmacy 12/17/07

This self assessment is a comprehensive tool designed to help health care providers and their staff assess the safety of medication practices in their pharmacy, identify opportunities for improvement, and compare their experience with the aggregate experiences of demographically similar community pharmacies around the Nation.

It is divided into the following 10 elements:

 

  • Patient information
  • Drug information
  • Communication of drug orders...
Your Role in Safe Medication Use: A Guide for Patients and Families 12/17/07

This guide presents ways patients can ensure safe medication use for themselves and their family.

Topics addressed in this guide include:

  • Receiving instructions for taking medications at the clinic, doctor’s office, and pharmacy
  • Taking medications at home
  • Taking medication in the hospital
  • Handling a hospital or retail pharmacy medication error
  • Teamwork pays off
Over-the-Counter Medicine Interaction Cabinet 12/17/07

This interactive tool informs consumers about how some over-the-counter medicines may interact with prescription medicines.

The over-the-counter medications included are:

  • Acid reducers
  • Antihistamines
  • Cough medicines
  • Diet aids
  • Decongestants
  • Laxatives
  • Nasal sprays
  • Pain relievers
  • Upset stomach/heartburn medicines

A legend is provided listing whether the selected medication has:

  • More...

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