Systematic Tracking and Analysis of Admissions for Chemotherapy Toxicity Inform Quality Improvement Efforts, Leading to Reduced Toxicity Risk
A community cancer center identifies all patients hospitalized due to chemotherapy-related toxicity and enters data on such patients into a toxicity registry; analysis of registry data has stimulated quality improvement initiatives that have reduced admissions of nondiabetic multiple myeloma patients due to hyperglycemia and reduced the risk of treatment-related diarrhea in colorectal cancer patients.
State Health Department Support Spurs Development of Many Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs After Passage of Legislative Mandate
The California Department of Health provides education and support to hospitals throughout the state, allowing many to create programs to address appropriate use of antimicrobials in response to State legislation.
Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Physician–nurse infection prevention teams round on hospital units at least weekly, leading to a 70-percent decline in central line–associated infections and very low rates of surgical site infections.
Electronic Isolation Flags and Weekly Rounds by Infection Control Staff Improve Adherence to Contact Precautions
Through electronic flagging of infected patients and weekly surveillance rounds, infection control staff increased adherence to contact precautions from 58 to 90 percent.
Teams of Diabetes Educators Regularly Visit Rural Clinics to Coach African-American Patients, Leading to Better Glycemic Control and Potential Cost Savings
A traveling team of certified diabetes educators (including a nurse, pharmacist, and dietitian) regularly visits rural clinics to help coordinate diabetes care with clinicians and educate and coach African-American patients with diabetes, leading to improved glycemic control and the potential for meaningful cost savings.
CLABSI Toolkit – Preventing Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections: Useful Tools, An International Perspective
The overarching goal of the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) toolkit is to provide the most current information and guidance on practices and technology, as well as the most appropriate tools, resources, and education to assist health care organizations in reducing the current burden associated with CLABSIs.
Eliminating Health Care–Associated Infections: State Policy Options
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance to senior policy makers on various promising ways to use legal and policy interventions as tools to implement comprehensive HAI prevention programs.
ASCO/CAP Guideline Recommendations for HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer: Reporting Elements for IHC and FISH
This tool from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) lists all the elements that should be reported in each HER2 (Human epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2) status report.
Essentials of Public Reporting of Health Care-Associated Infections: A Toolkit
This tool kit was created to assist States and health care facilities facing legislative mandates to publicly report health care-associated infections by providing guidance on components necessary for a meaningful reporting system.
National Healthcare Safety Network
The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a voluntary, secure, internet-based surveillance system that integrates patient and health care personnel safety surveillance systems managed by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).