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Emergency Department Uses Tool To Identify At-Risk Patients in Need of HIV Testing, Leading to Same Number of Newly Diagnosed Patients with Fewer Screening Tests 4/23/2014
An emergency department uses an eight-variable risk assessment tool to determine which patients should be tested for undiagnosed HIV, leading to the identification of the same number of HIV-positive patients as through universal screening, thus suggesting greater cost-effectiveness.
Immediate Post-Event Debriefing Improves Multiple Aspects of Response to Codes and Increases Staff Satisfaction 4/23/2014
Immediate team debriefings after a cardiopulmonary resuscitation code event improve multiple aspects of the team's response to future codes and generate high levels of staff satisfaction.
Updated Pediatric Critical Care Physicians Provide Remote Consultations to Emergency Departments in Underserved Rural Areas, Leading to Better Diagnosis and Treatment 4/23/2014
An academic medical center provides 24-hour evaluation and consultation services via interactive videoconferencing to emergency departments serving rural and underserved areas, leading to improvements in diagnosis, treatment, and patient satisfaction.
Statewide Initiative Focuses on Early Diagnosis, Care Team Activation, and Patient Transfer, Leading to More Timely Treatment for Heart Attack Patients 4/23/2014
A statewide program in North Carolina promotes early initiation of evidence-based heart attack treatment through collaboration with trained paramedics and partnerships between and within hospitals, leading to earlier initiation of therapy and faster transfer of patients.
Teamwork Enhancement Program Improves Obstetric Care in a Military Hospital 4/23/2014
An evidence-based teamwork and communication program implemented in the labor and delivery unit of Madigan Army Medical Center led to an improved care process.
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Door-to-Doc Patient Safety Toolkit 3/26/2014
"Door to Doc" is a patient flow redesign process that improves the safety of care for patients in the emergency department (ED) by reducing the time patients wait to be seen, and by expediting admission to the most appropriate hospital unit.
Guide To Developing and Managing Overdose Prevention and Take-Home Naloxone Projects 3/12/2014
This manual is designed to outline the process of developing and managing an overdose prevention and education program, with or without a take-home naloxone component.
Protocol for the Prescription of Controlled Substances by Emergency Department Providers 3/12/2014
Protocol for the Prescription of Controlled Substances by Emergency Department Providers is a one-page, easy-to-understand protocol can help physicians and nurses decide how to treat patients complaining about pain who may be abusing opioid medications or other controlled substances.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution 3/12/2014
This guide describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event.
Queueing ToolPak 4.0 2/26/2014
The Queueing ToolPak (QTP) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that performs basic calculations for waiting time analysis.
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Last updated: April 23, 2014.