Resources and tools for providers and health plans

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Safety and quality improvement—clinical topics

All care settings

Heart failure

Healthy Living with Heart Failure: A Patient's Guide (Acumentra Health, 2011)
Updated version of our popular booklet that explains what heart failure is and what patients can do to stay healthier. Several forms and documents can be downloaded individually.

Important Phone Numbers—When to call for help
Medication Schedule
Daily Weight Diary
My Heart Care Plan
Tips for Staying Out of the Hospital

Caring for Your Heart: Living Well with Heart Failure (University of North Carolina, 2007)
A low-literacy heart failure education booklet with a "daily check-up" for patients to follow at home.
Download a "blank" version for inserting your organization's logo

Hand hygiene

NEJM video: Videos in Clinical Medicine: Hand Hygiene (14-minute training program from New England Journal of Medicine): Longtin Y, Sax H, Allegranzi B, Schneider F, Pittet D. Hand hygiene. N Engl J Med 2011; 364:e24. Accessed April 6, 2011.

Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework: validated and systematic tool developed by WHO to help assess hand hygiene promotion and practices in health-care facilities. Accessed April 7, 2011.


Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)

Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare Associated Infections (video training by Department of Health and Human Services, May 2011)

Surgical care: WHO Checklist

Oregon Surgical Safety Checklist (PDF document)

NEJM article: Haynes AB, et al. A surgical safety checklist to reduce morbidity and mortality in a global population. NEJM. Special Article, published electronically, 1/14/09. Accessed January 16, 2009.

IHI "Surgical Safety Checklist Sprint": Initiative to have every U.S. hospital test the checklist in one OR by April 1, 2009. Page includes links to checklist document and starter kit. Accessed January 28, 2009.

Safe Surgery website:

MRSA and hospital-acquired infections

APIC Elimination Guides for MRSA and other infections

AHRQ patient safety research articles

Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches

Nursing homes

Advancing Excellence campaign

AE restraints reduction materials

Physician office practice

Adult immunizations—flu and pneumococcal

Resource page: Influenza and pneumococcal immunizations for adults

Exam room poster: "Secret agent for the flu" (PDF, 2009)

Colorectal cancer screening tools

Colorectal Cancer Screening Toolkit (Acumentra Health for Oregon Department of Human Services, 2009)

Additional colorectal cancer screening tools

Cross-setting topics

Transitional Care & Pressure Ulcers Project Toolkit—Advancing Excellence & Oregon IHI Network Joint Committee
TeamSTEPPS (patient safety system for teamwork)—AHRQ
Adult immunizations—Oregon Adult Immunization Coalition and Acumentra Health
Washington State Collaborative—Washington State Department of Health

Pay-for-performance and pay-for-reporting

Resources for aligning incentives for quality
Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

Hospital reporting and validation

Reporting/validation instructions for Oregon Medicare hospitals
30-day mortality measures
CAHPS Hospital Survey (HCAHPS)

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Last updated August 18, 2011