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Red-Yellow-Green Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Tool


This one-page tool, in Microsoft® Word format, uses the colors of a stoplight to guide patients in managing their congestive heart failure symptoms. The tool is divided into green ("all clear"), yellow ("caution"), and red ("medical alert") zones. For each zone, the tool provides signs and symptoms and allows the health care provider to give specific instructions for managing the condition, including guidance on when to seek emergency medical assistance.
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Improving Chronic Illness Care

Funding Sources

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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  • Release Date: 01/2007
  • Original Summary: 01/2007
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Last updated: April 11, 2008.