Toolkit To Promote Safe Surgery

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Toolkit To Promote Safe Surgery helps perioperative and surgical units in hospitals identify opportunities to improve care and safety practices and implement evidence-based interventions to prevent surgical site infections. The toolkit has evidence-based, practical resources that reflect the real-world experiences of the frontline clinicians and subject matter experts who participated in the AHRQ Safety Program for Surgery, a national implementation project in which approximately 200 hospitals participated and successfully reduced surgical site infections. It builds on AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and the core CUSP toolkit by providing specific tools focused on the surgical setting to help hospitals reduce surgical site infections and other complications. This toolkit focuses on surgery in hospitals

Improving the Measurement of Surgical Site Infection Risk Stratification/Outcome Detection

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The purpose of this project was to explore opportunities for enhancing the detection and surveillance of inpatient-acquired surgical site infections (SSIs) for four target procedures—herniorrhaphy, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), and hip and knee arthroplasty (including primary total arthroplasty, primary hemiarthroplasty, and revision procedures). Four delivery systems came together in order to provide the most representative results and generalizable tools. Collaborating delivery systems include Denver Health (a safety-net hospital located in Denver, CO), Intermountain Healthcare (a large, nonprofit, integrated delivery system based in Salt Lake City, UT), and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (a VAMC hospital located in Salt Lake City); representativeness was further extended by including the Vail Valley Medical Center (Vail, CO), a Denver Health partner. A major focus of the project was to test the usefulness of computer algorithms that could alert infection control specialists to patients likely to have surgical site infections on the basis of retrospective analysis of electronic medical records, laboratory test results, and patient demographics.

CUSP Guide for Reducing Ventilator Associated Events in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

You can redesign your care system through technical and adaptive work to improve patient safety and eliminate preventable harm. Technical work focuses on procedural aspects of care that can be explicitly defined, such as the evidence to support a specific intervention or the definition for a ventilator-associated event (VAE). Adaptive work targets the attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors of the people who deliver care. The five-step CUSP process brings adaptive work into the change process and helps your team improve your unit’s safety culture. By integrating CUSP with technical interventions, your team can achieve real and sustainable improvements in safety.

Toolkit To Improve Safety for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Toolkit To Improve Safety for Mechanically Ventilated Patients helps hospitals make care safer for mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care units (ICUs).  ICU staff can use the toolkit to apply the proven principles and methods of AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to reduce complications for patients on ventilators. Such complications include ventilator-associated pneumonia, which affects as many as 20 percent of patients who are on a ventilator for more than 48 hours. The toolkit includes resources used by hospitals that participated in the AHRQ Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients project.

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit; For Medical Centers, Pharmacies, and Clinicians

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Medical centers, clinics, pharmacies, and clinicians can use or adapt these ready-made materials to build confidence about COVID-19 vaccination among your healthcare teams and other staff.

Step 1: Educate healthcare teams and other staff.

Step 2: Give them the tools they can use to educate patients and answer their questions about the vaccines.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Resources

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

CMS has compiled these resources to help you stay informed on CMS, HHS CDC and other materials and resources available on the COVID-19 vaccine. Please share these materials, bookmark the page, and check back often for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Clinical Resources for Each COVID-19 Vaccine

Find information for COVID-19 vaccination administration, storage and handing, reporting, and patient education for each specific vaccine

Action and Impact: What’s Your Person and Family Engagement Story?

American Institute for Research

This video was developed to showcase how Patient and Family Advisors are creating and supporting action-based quality improvement initiatives in hospitals across the country. Through first-hand stories from HIIN and hospital Patient and Family Engagement Leaders and Patient and Family Advisors, the video showcases the impact that advisors have on quality and safety.

The Importance of a PFAC at a Critical Access Hospital

American Institutes for Research

To motivate senior leaders at rural and critical access hospitals to create and engage Patient- and Family-Engagement Councils (or PFECs), the American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences (AIR) created a video testimonial with comments from the CEO, COO, PFEC staffer and patient representative at a critical access hospital in Truckee, CA on the benefits of a PFEC This 3.5 minute video was created as part of AIR’s Patient- and Family-Engagement efforts with the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs) in collaboration with the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) HIIN.

Infection Prevention 101 for Public Spaces

Ohio State University College of Education

Infection Prevention 101 for Public Spaces educates participants on how infections are spread through public spaces and provides knowledge on how to clean and disinfect to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in public spaces.

Following successful completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Understand how infections are spread in public spaces. 
  2. Describe how cleaning and disinfection can prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 
  3. Identify and use effective cleaning and disinfection practices to prevent infections. 
  4. Develop and improve a cleaning and sanitation plan for your employer to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

COVID-19 Resources for Hospitalists

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

Hear experiences and examples of how hospitalists and HMGs are managing their response to the clinical and practice implications of COVID-19. 

The impact of COVID-19 on the practice of hospital medicine continues to change daily. With constant clinical difficulties and questioning on how hospitalists should be incorporating emerging clinical data into daily patient interactions, SHM’s COVID Rapid Clinical Updates for Hospitalists series was created to (you are able to view webinar recordings):

  • Uncover COVID-19 -related topics of interest for hospitalists
  • Opportunity to discuss COVID-19 with peers across the nation
  • Stay up-to-date on the most recent developments in the treatment of COVID-19 patients
  • Focus on hospitalist-specific issues
  • Share clinical information and discuss its usefulness ‘on the floor’
  • Gain confidence in managing COVID-19 patients from admission through and beyond the discharge of patients
  • Explore patient cases of COVID-19