7 Latest Patient Safety Tools

To supplement the material and analysis provided by Becker's Clinical Quality and Infection Control, Becker's Healthcare offers an online database of free and low-cost downloadable patient safety tools and resources, putting them all in one place for user convenience. The database contains tools for patients and providers on all quality-related matters, including general and specific infection prevention and control, adverse event prevention and quality reporting.

The following are seven of the most recent patient safety tools gathered by Becker's Healthcare, starting with the newest.

Sharp HealthCare's Hand Hygiene Video: San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare interviewed patients and family members and released the subsequent video online, titled "It's Ok to Ask." The video implores clinicians to "take time to assure your patients its OK to ask" for caregivers to perform hand hygiene and gives examples of how to do so.

Extension Healthcare's Alarm Safety Compliance Guide: Alarm management software producer Extension Healthcare published a free guide for hospitals working to comply with The Joint Commission's alarm safety goal in advance of the Jan 1, 2016, deadline.

APIC's Hand Hygiene Implementation Guide: The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology released its Guide to Hand Hygiene Programs for Infection Prevention as a free primer for new infection prevention professionals or non-infection prevention colleagues who want to understand more about hand hygiene programs.

Video, Handout on Blood Clot Prevention: The Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality offers a video, titled "How Do I Prevent Blood Clots?" and a two-page handout, both aimed at helping patients better engage in preventing blood clots.

AWHONN's Fetal Heart Monitoring E-Book: The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses released its first e-book, the fifth revision of "Fetal Heart Monitoring: Principles and Practices," which is useful for perinatal clinicians who use fetal monitoring techniques in antipartum and intrapartum practice.

AHRQ's Engaging Patients in Infection Control Video: A video, titled "Patient Engagement in Infection Prevention from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, includes steps clinicians can take to involve patients in infection control and protect them from infections during hemodialysis. It won the fifth annual film festival at this year's APIC conference.

Wolters Kluwer E-Book on Data and HAI Surveillance: Wolters Kluwer released an e-book, "Turing Data into Action for Automated Proactive HAI Surveillance," that outlines how electronic surveillance systems enable hospitals to leverage their patient data to quickly identify emerging infections and high-risk patients.

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