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    Medical Center View Improvement Tool Get With the Guidelines Toolbox Get With The Guidelines is an evidence based program for in hospital quality improvement It helps to ensure that the care hospitals provide to coronary artery disease stroke and heart failure patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines Source American Heart Association and American Stroke Association View Improvement Tool Heart Failure Discharge Instructions This generic discharge instruction form indicates where the patient is being discharged to and also includes patient and medication instructions Source Delray Medical Center View Improvement Tool Heart Failure Zone Flyer This handout helps patients recognize and understand the symptoms of heart failure and how to respond The flyer can be used in or out of the hospital to help patients understand their symptoms and how they should respond to them especially red flag symptoms Source Allina Hospitals and Clinics United Health View Improvement Tool Hospital Based Heart Failure Nurse Advocate 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 Source Catholic Healthcare Partners View Improvement Tool Interdisciplinary Patient Family Education Record Congestive Heart Failure This tool is used to document education about care after discharge that is provided to patients with congestive heart failure and their families Source Cleveland Regional Medical Center View Improvement Tool Oregon Heart Failure GAP Project The Oregon Heart Failure GAP Guidelines Applied in Practice Toolkit contains a variety of tools some for clinicians treating patients suffering from heart failure and others for heart failure patients themselves Source American College of Cardiology Oregon Chapter View Improvement Tool Physician Admission Orders Congestive Heart Failure This form is used to indicate physician admission orders for patients with heart failure Source Cleveland Regional Medical Center View Improvement

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    to reduce ventilator associated pneumonia and explores the projected impact on resources for a hospital participating in such an initiative Source Safe Sound An Arizona patient safety initiative through the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association View Improvement Tool Implementing the Ventilator Bundle The key components of the Ventilator Bundle are Elevation of the Head of the Bed Daily Sedation Vacations and Assessment of Readiness to Extubate Peptic Ulcer Disease Prophylaxis Deep Venous Thrombosis Prophylaxis Source Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Improvement Tool Improving Treatment Decisions for Patients with Community Acquired Pneumonia This report describes two tools developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ funded research that help assess the need for hospitalization of patients with community acquired pneumonia CAP and determine the medical stability of patients prior to discharge This report also discusses the importance of early administration of antibiotic therapy and the effectiveness of older proven yet inexpensive antibiotics compared with those used in the outpatient treatment of patients with CAP Source Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality View Improvement Tool Pneumonia Collaborative Framework This document provides a framework for change to assist quality improvement teams using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement IHI collaborative methodology It contains a charter change package and measurement strategy assimilated by the National Pneumonia Project with special input by the National Pneumonia Expert Panel and Qualis Health Source Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality View Improvement Tool Pneumonia Severity Index Calculator This program is an interactive tool to assist clinicians in determining the most appropriate care for newly diagnosed cases of community acquired pneumonia CAP at the point of care It will help calculate the severity index of a pneumonia patient The output includes mortality rates and pneumonia class types Features include 1 Application downloads for the Palm and Pocket PC 2

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    Pneumonia Care Surgical Care Improvement Patient Experiences Overall Health Care Quality Readmission Rates Patient Safety Reducing Infections Related Publications Commentaries How to Use This Site Improvement Tools View improvement tools from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other resources You can browse the tools by topic using the menu below CATS Poster for Surgical Site Infection Intervention This visual aid was developed to remind and educate caregivers staff patients and families about the elements of the CATS interventions to decrease surgical site infections Source Health Services Advisory Group Inc the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Arizona View Improvement Tool Chart Stickers for Surgery Patients The chart sticker is designed to be utilized not only as a reminder of key clinical guidelines in the care of surgery patients within certain populations but also to serve as a concurrent checklist during the patient s stay The stickers address timing selection and duration for antimicrobial prophylaxis Source Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care View Improvement Tool Surgical Infection Prevention Poster This poster was developed to assist bedside clinicians to better understand and to remember the quality measures associated with decreasing surgical site infections The poster displays an

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    This toolkit helps health care organizations assess the effectiveness of their communication with patients focusing on common problems such as cultural language and health literacy gaps It provides a comprehensive evaluation with surveys of patients clinicians non clinical staff and leadership as well as an organizational checklist Source American Medical Association s Ethical Force Program View Improvement Tool Patient and Family Centered Care Organizational Self Assessment Tool This self assessment tool enables organizations to understand the range and breadth of elements under patient and family centered care and to assess where they are against the leading edge of practice Source Institute for Healthcare Improvement and National Initiative for Children s Healthcare Quality View Improvement Tool Physicians Attest to Benefits of Quality Measurement and Improvement Tools DVD A DVD Putting Quality into Practice Physicians in Their Own Voices features the perspectives of physicians who have adopted quality measurement and improvement tools The doctors speak candidly about why they decided to measure their performance and how the information empowered them to improve the care they provide to patients Source The Commonwealth Fund View Improvement Tool Self Assessment Tools for Evaluating Patient and Family Centered Practices These in depth self assessment inventories provide detailed questions for interdisciplinary patient family teams in hospitals and outpatient settings They provide a way to assess patient and family centered care in a hospital clinical area or practice and to develop a plan to advance the practice of patient and family centered care Source Institute for Family Centered Care View Improvement Tool Strategies for Leadership Patient and Family Centered Care Toolkit The toolkit contains downloadable resources including a teaching video video discussion guide resource guide and hospital self assessment tool to help hospitals become more patient and family focused in their care practices Source American Hospital Association and

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    in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities with the goal of improving care and reducing the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the hospital Source Florida Atlantic University View Improvement Tool Physicians Attest to Benefits of Quality Measurement and Improvement Tools DVD A DVD Putting Quality into Practice Physicians in Their Own Voices features the perspectives of physicians who have adopted quality measurement and improvement tools The doctors speak candidly about why they decided to measure their performance and how the information empowered them to improve the care they provide to patients Source The Commonwealth Fund View Improvement Tool Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative Readmissions Briefs The PRHI Readmission Briefs seek to answer questions about the use of readmission rates as a measure of the quality and efficiency of care They address 1 What is the right time frame for defining a potentially avoidable readmission For how many days past discharge is a readmission potentially preventable and how does this vary by condition 2 To what extent are readmissions likely to be related to an initial admission and to what extent does this vary across diagnoses 3 To what extent are readmissions within the domain of hospital control 4 Are there patterns of admissions and readmissions that can help clinicians flag and then prevent unnecessary hospitalizations Source Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative View Improvement Tool STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations STAAR How to Guide Creating an Ideal Transition Home Section One highlights four key changes to create of an ideal transition home and specifies changes that can be tested Key references and links to resources are included Section Two outlines a practical step by step sequence of activities to assist staff in testing and adapting many of the proposed changes described in Section One Section Three includes a bibliography annotated

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    hospitals created the position of heart failure advocate staffed by registered nurses who received extensive training in heart failure management and treatment Source Catholic Healthcare Partners View Improvement Tool Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence This guide contains 28 case studies targeting four improvement areas health care acquired infections medication management patient throughput and patient safety Each case study detail show a problem related to one of the four areas manifested in a particular hospital how the hospital chose to fix the problem and the outcomes of the implemented strategy Source American Hospital Association View Improvement Tool How to Guide Improving Hand Hygiene The guide includes A description of the case for improving hand hygiene and use of gloves among health care workers Recommended evidence based interventions that will result in improvement How to begin improving hand hygiene compliance in your organization including establishing a team setting aims testing changes and measuring results Measurement support tools Source Institute for Healthcare Improvement in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America View Improvement Tool How to Guide Multidisciplinary Rounds With multidisciplinary rounds disciplines come together informed by their clinical expertise to coordinate patient care determine care priorities establish daily goals and plan for potential transfer or discharge This How to Guide describes key components of reliable multidisciplinary rounds potential impact on outcomes examples of success fundamentals for forming the team setting aims and testing changes on a small scale and tips for getting started and for successfully implementing multidisciplinary rounds Source Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Improvement Tool Implementing the Ventilator Bundle The key components of the Ventilator Bundle are Elevation of the Head of the Bed Daily Sedation Vacations and Assessment of Readiness to Extubate Peptic Ulcer Disease Prophylaxis Deep Venous Thrombosis Prophylaxis Source Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Improvement Tool Improving Treatment Decisions for Patients with Community Acquired Pneumonia This report describes two tools developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ funded research that help assess the need for hospitalization of patients with community acquired pneumonia CAP and determine the medical stability of patients prior to discharge This report also discusses the importance of early administration of antibiotic therapy and the effectiveness of older proven yet inexpensive antibiotics compared with those used in the outpatient treatment of patients with CAP Source Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality View Improvement Tool Infection Prevention Plus Measures Toolkit The purpose of this toolkit is to make references product information and associated tools readily accessible in order to support infection prevention and control staff in the implementation of interventions that are in addition to the IHI infection prevention bundle measures Source Kaiser Permanente View Improvement Tool Interact II Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers This site provides tools and educational resources designed to improve the early identification assessment documentation and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities with

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    1235 41 View Publication A Review of Patient Safety Measures Based on Routinely Collected Hospital Data American Journal of Medical Quality March 2012 View Publication A Survey of Hospital Quality Improvement Activities A B Cohen J D Restuccia M Shwartz et al Medical Care Research and Review October 2008 65 5 571 95 View Publication Accountability Measures Using Measurement to Promote Quality Improvement M R Chassin J M Loeb S P Schmaltz et al N Engl J Med Aug 2010 363 7 683 8 View Publication Adequacy of Hospital Discharge Summaries in Documenting Tests with Pending Results and Outpatient Follow up Providers M C Were X Li J Kesterson et al Journal of General Internal Medicine September 2009 24 9 1002 06 View Publication Adherence to Surgical Care Improvement Project Measures and the Association With Postoperative Infections J J Stulberg C P Delaney D V Neuhauser et al JAMA 2010 303 24 2479 2485 View Publication Adopting A Surgical Safety Checklist Could Save Money And Improve The Quality Of Care In U S Hospitals M E Semel S Resch A B Haynes et al Health Affairs Sept 2010 29 9 1593 99 View Publication All Cause Hospital Readmissions Among Non Elderly Medicaid Patients 2007 H J Jiang and L M Wier Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief 89 April 2010 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality View Publication Are Verbal Orders a Threat to Patient Safety D S Wakefield and B J Wakefield Quality and Safety in Health Care June 2009 18 3 165 View Publication Association Between Hospital Cardiac Management and Outcomes for Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients T A Stukel D A Alter M J Schull et al Medical Care February 2010 48 2 157 65 View Publication Association Between Implementation of a Medical Team Training Program and

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    Rates Mortality Rates Reimbursement Patient Safety Reducing Infections Public Hospital Commentaries How to Use This Site Related Publications Selected publications from research organizations and the professional literature related to performance measurement and improvement Association Between Hospital Cardiac Management and Outcomes for Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients T A Stukel D A Alter M J Schull et al Medical Care February 2010 48 2 157 65 View Publication Effectiveness of Public Report

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