19 quality improvement and patient safety toolkits

Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following healthcare quality improvement and patient safety toolkits over the past 12 months. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.

1. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a new toolkit that focuses on reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections and improving hospital-acquired infection prevention practices in long-term care facilities.

2. The American Health Information Management Association released its "External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit," which helps organizations prepare for HIPAA Phase 2 audits.

3. ECRI Institute's multi-stakeholder collaborative the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety released a toolkit focused on safe practice recommendations when using health IT in patient identification.

4. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released the Toolkit to Improve Safety for Mechanically Ventilated Patients, which helps intensive care unit staff apply principles and methods from AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to reduce complications for patients on ventilators.

5. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care's Institute for Quality Improvement released a toolkit to help outpatient providers develop and evaluate antibiotic stewardship policies and practices.

6. The National Association of School Nurses launched the Naloxone in Schools Toolkit as a resource for school nurses in the event of a possible overdose in a school setting.

7. Meditech launched its Sepsis Management Toolkit to support early detection and treatment of sepsis.

8. The United Hospital Fund published a toolkit offering practical approaches and tools to systematically assess the risks for and prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections.

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9. The CDC offered a toolkit to help curb building-associated Legionnaires' disease outbreaks.

10. The National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute released a compendium of executive summaries and patient safety recommendations from five of its reports published between 2010 and 2015.

11. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released an online toolkit to assist hospital leaders and clinicians in communicating with patients in a direct and open way after the occurrence of error.

12. The American Health Information Management Association created a patient portal toolkit providing guidance, opportunities and challenges for health information management professionals regarding portals and how to boost patient engagement.

13. Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor developed a toolkit to guide post-acute care facilities on how to train employees to control infections.

14. To help health information management professionals play an active role in patient engagement, the American Health Information Management Association released a "Consumer Engagement Toolkit."

15. Blickman, a manufacturer of stainless steel equipment for hospitals and healthcare systems, launched a new website for healthcare providers that includes various tools for establishing a safe patient ambulation protocol.

16. The CDC released a toolkit to help providers implement the "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016."

17. The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety released a toolkit advising providers how to appropriately use copy-and-paste functions in the EHR.

18. CMS released a toolkit aimed at helping providers track and improve their ICD-10 performance.

19. Using CDC and American Nurse Association recommendations for prevention and early detection of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Meditech launched a CAUTI Prevention Toolkit aimed at helping healthcare organizations reduce infection rates.

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