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Bundle of Interventions Targeting High-Risk Patients Reduces Falls and Fall-Related Injuries on Medical-Surgical Units 4/23/2014
A hospital implemented a bundle of interventions that reduced falls and fall-related injuries on two medical-surgical units.
Community Health Navigators Use Pathways Model to Enhance Access to Health and Social Services for Low-Income, At-Risk Residents 4/23/2014
The Pathways to a Healthy Bernalillo County Program identifies vulnerable, underserved residents and connects them to needed health and social services.
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.
Day Hospital Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay and Emergency Department Visits for Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia 4/23/2014
A Sickle Cell Day Hospital provides an alternative to inpatient care for patients with sickle cell anemia, with the goal of managing their pain and keeping them out of the hospital, resulting in lower inpatient lengths of stay and emergency department utilization.
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.
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QualityTools
Educational Resources for Clinical Trials 4/23/2014
This Web site offers consumers information and educational resources about participating in clinical research trials.
National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools: The Registry of Methods and Tools 4/23/2014
The Registry of Methods and Tools is a searchable, online collection of methods and tools for knowledge translation in public health.
Hospital Compare 4/9/2014
This tool provides patients with information on how well the hospitals in their area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or surgical infection prevention.
CalQualityCare.org 3/12/2014
CalQualityCare.org features information on California hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities, along with tips and checklists about how to choose a health care provider, questions to ask, how to pay for care, and what to do if something goes wrong.
Medicare Plan Finder 2/26/2014
This database enables users to view and print a personalized chart comparing Medicare health plans in their area and provides information about the various types of Medicare plans.

Last updated: April 23, 2014.