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Comprehensive, Multifaceted Program Doubles Staff and Physician Adherence to Hand Hygiene Protocols Over 4-Year Period 4/23/2014
A multipronged strategy involving ties between hand hygiene performance and compensation systems, adoption and constant reinforcement of clear hand hygiene protocols, a comprehensive auditing program to review hand hygiene adherence, and other program elements improved adherence to appropriate hand hygiene protocols.
Culturally Appropriate, School-Based Education and Support Reduces Likelihood That Latino Teens Will Engage in Risky Sexual Behaviors 4/23/2014
A high school–based program provides culturally appropriate education and follow up support to Latino teenagers, leading to reduced likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors.
Daily Bathing With Antiseptic Agent Significantly Reduces Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Intensive Care Unit Patients 4/23/2014
Nurses and nurse aids in intensive care units bathe patients each day using washcloths impregnated with an antiseptic agent, leading to a significant reduction in hospital-acquired infections.
Gonorrhea Community Action Project Improves Preventive Health Care For Adolescents in Harlem 4/23/2014
The Gonorrhea Community Action Project was a national, multisite project to design and implement interventions to increase access to and the quality of health care services in communities with high rates of gonorrhea.
Improvement Projects Led by Unit-Based Teams of Nurse, Physician, and Quality Leaders Reduce Infections, Lower Costs, Improve Patient Satisfaction, and Nurse–Physician Communication 4/23/2014
Unit-based teams of physicians, nurses, and quality leaders develop and implement unit-specific initiatives designed to improve quality and safety, leading to reductions in infections and pressure ulcers, increased adherence to medication reconciliation standards, more reporting of errors and near-misses, higher patient satisfaction, and better overall nurse/physician communication and teamwork.
QualityTools
A Pocket Guide to Adult HIV/AIDS Treatment: Companion to A Guide to Primary Care of People with HIV/AIDS, August 2004 Edition 4/9/2014
This 58-page pocket guide is provided as an information resource to assist physicians and other health professionals in the appropriate treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS.
Central Line Procedural Checklist 3/12/2014
This tool is used to document activities that are considered standard work before, during, and after a central line procedure.
Checklist of Hand Hygiene Interventions 3/12/2014
This checklist offers interventions to increase overall compliance with hand hygiene guidelines in a health care setting.
Excel Spreadsheet for Computing Grams of Alcohol Product Used per 100 Patient Days 3/12/2014
This spreadsheet can be used to calculate the use of hand-sterilizing alcohol per 100 patient days by combining the use of wall-mounted and pocket-sized alcohol-based hand rubs.
Excel Spreadsheet for Computing Grams of Alcohol Product Used per 1000 Patient Days 3/12/2014
This Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet can be used to calculate the use of hand-sterilizing alcohol per 1000 patient days as a means to evaluate and improve hand hygiene practices.

Last updated: April 23, 2014.