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Innovations

School District Uses Policies and Related Programs to Improve Health, Behavior, and Academic Performance of Students with Asthma and Reduce Absenteeism 05/21/12

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District developed a series of policies designed to mitigate the impact of asthma on students by ensuring the creation of an asthma-friendly environment in the...

Case Management and Home Assessments Reduce Asthma-Related Admissions, Emergency Visits, and Missed School Days in Diverse Urban Children 05/29/11

The Boston Children's Hospital's Community Asthma Initiative provides asthma case management and in-home environmental assessments for diverse, low-income urban children age 2 to 18 with poorly...

Protocols, 24-Hour Neurologist Access, and Ongoing Training Lead to More Patients Receiving Timely Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment 02/22/10

Mary Washington Hospital implemented a comprehensive initiative to enhance stroke care using the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines...

Separate Emergency Center for Older Patients Leads to High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, Detection of Polypharmacy, Increased Volume of Patients, and Low Rate of Return Visits 11/24/09

Holy Cross Hospital established a separate senior emergency center to treat patients 65 and older who are experiencing acute, but not life-threatening, health problems. The center has several...

Hospital-Based Heart Failure Nurse Advocate Reduces Readmissions and Hospital Costs 10/08/09

Six Catholic Healthcare Partners' hospitals created the position of heart failure advocate, staffed by registered nurses who received extensive training in heart failure management and treatment....

QualityTools

Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults 06/04/08

Try This is a series of assessment tools where each issue focuses on a topic specific to the older adult population. The content is directed to orient and encourage all nurses to understand the special needs of older adults and to utilize the...

Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients 12/17/07

This tool is intended for health care professionals, students, and ancillary personnel who have minimal experience working with homeless patients.

Recognizing that standard clinical practice guidelines often fail to...

A Guide to Primary Care of People with HIV/AIDS, 2004 Edition 12/17/07

This 180-page guide addresses several important aspects of primary care and treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS. The 18 chapters in this guide were written by HIV/AIDS researchers and physicians at major U.S. medical centers. Using the...

Tuberculosis: The Connection between TB and HIV (the AIDS virus) 12/17/07

This brochure provides information about the connection between tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

This tool addresses the following questions:

  • What is TB?
  • How is TB spread?
  • What...

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