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Comprehensive Initiative to Create a Culture of Safety Significantly Reduces Harm Caused by Medical Errors, Mortality, Length of Stay, and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and Infections 8/27/2014
Sentara Healthcare launched a program designed to create a strong culture of safety. The initiative includes an assessment of the existing safety culture, establishment of goals related to improved safety, the development of specific strategies to identify and correct safety problems, and the use of ongoing processes and systems to monitor progress and encourage continued improvement.
Easily Accessible, Welcoming Center Enhances Access to Medical and Social Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Homeless Youth 8/27/2014
An easily accessible center offers a safe, welcoming, nonjudgmental environment in which homeless youth, particularly those who identify themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, can access a wide array of medical and social services.
Medicaid Managed Care Plan Provides Reports, Guidelines, and Education Materials to Physicians, Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics to Children and Adolescents 8/27/2014
As part of a collaborative, a California health plan provides quarterly provider performance reports, educational materials, and other support to physicians and parents, leading to a reduction in inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics to children, adolescents, and adults with an upper respiratory infection or acute bronchitis enrolled in the insurer's Medi-Cal managed care plan.
Alerts, Standing Orders, and Care Pathways Boost Quality of Care for Pneumonia, Heart Attack, and Heart Failure 8/13/2014
Reid Hospital created a computer-based system of alerts, standing orders, and care pathways to eliminate gaps in the care of patients with pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction, and heart failure, and to address surgical complication and infection prevention, leading to significant improvements in quality of care.
Policy Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group Offers Modest Performance-Based Incentives to Salaried Physicians, Leading to Sustained Improvement on Quality-Related Metrics 8/13/2014
A hospital-affiliated physician group offers modest performance-based incentives to salaried physicians, leading to sustained improvements in performance on a broad array of quality-related metrics.
QualityTools
The Pap Test: Questions and Answers 8/27/2014
This fact sheet addresses the importance of a Pap test and pelvic exam.
Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae 8/13/2014
This toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help health care facilities protect patients from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and to prevent transmission of CRE.
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Control and Prevention Toolkit 7/2/2014
Leaders in infectious disease and infection control, as well as those concerned with patient safety and performance improvement, can use the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) control and prevention toolkit to develop interventions to control CRE. 
You Can Prevent PCP (Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia) in Children: A Guide for People With HIV Infection 5/7/2014
This guide provides information about the prevention of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in children with HIV infection.
You Can Prevent PCP (Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia): A Guide for People With HIV Infection 5/7/2014
This guide for people with HIV infection provides information about the prevention and treatment of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.