- 7 DEADLY SINS OF POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
- ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE COALITION RESOURCES
- AHRQ - AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY
- ALZHEIMER RESOURCES
- AMDA - The Society for PA and LTC Medicine
- ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATION USE DATA REPORT
- AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY - GERIATRICS HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
- APIC - ASSOCIATION FOR PROFESSIONALS IN INFECTION CONTROL AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
- CDC - CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
- CDC TUNE INTO SAFE HEALTHCARE WEBINARS
- CMS - CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES
- CNA, LPN/LVN RESOURCES
- COPD ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT
- DEMENTIA TOOL KIT
- EPILEPSY ALLIES TOOL KIT
- FDA - FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
- HEALTH CARE FOR U.S. VETERANS
- HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY (HE) IN-SERVICE TOOL KIT
- MEDICAL ASSISTANT STUDENT RESOURCE GUIDE
- NSNA - NATIONAL STUDENT NURSES' ASSOCIATION
- NATIONAL NURSING HOME QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN
- NURSE CAREER AND NURSING STUDENT RESOURCES
- NURSING HOME QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PAIN ASSESSMENT TOOLKITS
- NURSE PRACTITIONER RESOURCES
- NURSING HOME QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN (NNHQI)
- PARKINSON'S TOOL KIT: DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
- PARTNER RESOURCES
- POST-ACUTE AND LONG-TERM CARE TOOLKITS
- QUALITY INNOVATION NETWORK
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- SENIOR CARE MANAGEMENT
- SENIOR LIVING RESOURCES
- SPEECH PATHOLOGY RESOURCES
- THE JOINT COMMISSION
- TMF QUALITY INNOVATION NETWORK
- WOUND CARE RESOURCES
We’re a coalition with deep expertise in developing and deploying effective solutions for safer abuse deterrent medications. United States Government Accountability Office
Informational website that connects people struggling with addiction and their families with the help they need to put their lives together.
AHRQ’s Safety Program for Nursing Homes: On-Time Prevention provides a strategy for preventing adverse events in nursing homes. On-Time uses electronic medical records to develop weekly reports that identify residents at risk of common adverse events in nursing homes to help clinical staff intervene early. On-Time uses a facilitator to help the nursing home’s change team integrate these reports into clinical decision-making to improve care planning. On-Time also provides implementation tools to help the team use the reports on a weekly basis.
Pressure Ulcer Prevention.
Pressure Ulcer Healing.
Preventable Hospital and Emergency Department Visits.
For each topic, the Web site provides a description of the reports and suggested meetings and huddles where the reports may be used, the functional specifications for programming the reports, descriptions of implementation tools, and a training curriculum for facilitators.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. AHRQ priorities are described.
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Partnership for Health in Aging
A Coalition of Organizations Representing Healthcare Professions Caring for Older Adults
To prepare America’s formal and informal caregiving workforce to provide quality care for America’s aging population, and to ensure the financial feasibility of providing that care.
CME from CDC: What You Need to Know About Infection Control
Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. It’s critical that all healthcare workers understand proper infection control procedures and use them every day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medscape are launching a series of six CME/CE activities addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities.
The series includes:
- Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings (Available Now)
- May: Environmental Services and Infection Prevention
- June: Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment
- July: Infection Transmission Risks Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
- August: Infection Prevention: A Hierarchy of Controls Approach
- September: Injection Safety: A System Approach
These CME-/CE- certified activities are available at: http://www.medscape.org/viewcollection/34044?src=acdmpart_cdc_34044. You must be a registered Medscape member to access these CME/CE activities, and registration is free. The first activity, Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings is available now. A new activity will be added each month.
CDC Feature: Untreatable: Today’s drug resistance health threatshttp://www.cdc.gov/features/antibioticresistancethreats/
CDC Press Release: Untreatable: Report by CDC details today’s drug-resistant health threats Landmark report ranks superbugs, outlines four core actions to halt resistance
Generalized Ebola Informationhttp://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/monitoring-and-movement-of-persons-with-exposure.html
NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Quick Assessment Reference Pocket Guides/Badge Buddies for Coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering Pocket Guides to assist providers in assessing and coding self-care and mobility, falls, and pressure ulcers/injuries. The pocket guides provide a quick reference for important terms and definitions that promote coding accuracy. These training assets are intended for providers in Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). The pocket guides are approximately 2 x 3.5 inches in size and are designed to be worn behind a provider identification badge. The pocket guides cover the following topics:
- Pocket Guide #1: Coding for Self-Care and Mobility Items.
- Pocket Guide #2: Definitions for Coding Section J Fall Items.
- Pocket Guide #3: Pressure Ulcers/Injuries Stages and Definitions. The pocket guides are available under the Downloads section of the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training page for each setting:
- Home Health QRP Training
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility QRP Training
- Long-Term Care Hospital QRP Training
- Skilled Nursing Facility QRP Training
If you have questions about accessing the resources or feedback regarding the trainings, please email the PAC Training Mailbox (PACTraining@EconometricaInc.com). Content-related questions should be submitted to the setting specific help desk:
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care to the sick, injured, and disabled under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and doctors. The LPN/LVN profession only requires you to obtain a diploma, certificate, or associate degree from an accredited nursing program; these typically take one or two years. The term ‘LPN’ is most frequently used to describe these professionals, though some states prefer to call them LVNs.
FDA announces voluntary nationwide recall of all liquid products manufactured by PharmaTech and distributed by six companies
- [UPDATE 8/9/2016] FDA is alerting health care professionals and consumers of PharmaTech’s voluntary recall expansion to include all liquid products due to possible Burkholderia cepacia contamination. These products were manufactured in its Davie, Florida, facility, and distributed and labeled by six firms – Rugby, Major, Bayshore, Metron, Centurion, and Virtus.
Consumers, pharmacies, and health care facilities that have product which is being recalled should stop using and dispensing them immediately. Using these products in a patient whose immune system is compromised could result in infections, which may be life-threatening.
To date, FDA has received adverse event reports related to oral liquid docusate sodium and is not aware of any adverse event reports related to the additional recalled products.
FDA and CDC will provide additional information when it is available.
FDA announces voluntary nationwide recall of oral liquid docusate sodium manufactured by PharmaTech and distributed by Rugby Laboratories
[7/16/16] U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals that PharmaTech LLC, Davie, Florida, is voluntarily recalling all non-expired lots of Diocto Liquid, a docusate sodium solution distributed by Rugby Laboratories, Livonia, Michigan. The agency confirmed the product has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states.
PharmaTech manufactures the oral liquid docusate sodium, which is distributed nationwide by Rugby with a Rugby label in one pint (473 mL) bottles.
In addition, FDA has received several adverse event reports of B. cepacia infections in patients. Some of these reports identify liquid docusate sodium products manufactured by companies other than PharmaTech. FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to investigate the extent of this issue in order to identify other potentially contaminated liquid docusate sodium products.
Patient safety is our top priority. FDA joins CDC in recommending that clinicians not use any liquid docusate sodium product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose.
FDA and CDC will provide additional information when it is available.
FDA encourages health care professionals and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of oral liquid docusate sodium products to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
Article: “The Impact of COVID-19 on Liver Disease Management in Long-Term Care” Authors: Richard G Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD1; Vinod K Rustgi, MD, MBA
Healthcare administration degree guidebooks to better help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of healthcare administration both at school and work. This guidebook can be viewed here: http://www.publichealthdegrees.org/program/masters/mha
Accredited Online Schools and Colleges Online Nursing Programs from Top Schools
Medical and Billing Coding (Student guide, icd-10, scholarship)
Rutgers Online – Pursue What’s Next: RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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In the years to come, our country is projected to experience a shortage of nurses that will only be aggravated by the aging Baby Boomer generation. Considering nurses’ contributions to the entire medical industry, the impact would degrade our society’s health at large. It’s increasingly more important than ever to encourage individuals to pursue or advance their careers in nursing.
However, the variety of degree and certificate options, and all the acronyms that come with them can make the nursing field difficult to navigate. In order to help alleviate the confusion, my team at Nursing.org curated a streamlined series of guides breaking down degree types, program requirements, and flexible degree options. You can check them out below:
Becoming a Nurse Series
Nursing Career Pathways
Earning a Nursing Degree:
Flexible Nursing Programs:
Accelerated Nursing Programs:
Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant
What is a CNA?
Flexible CNA Programs:
Scholarships for Prospective Nurses:
In order for our healthcare system – and more broadly, our society – to be able to address the needs of its people, we need well-trained nurses to counteract the shortage. We researched these guides to help nurses advance their careers for the betterment of both their lives and their communities.
Developed in collaboration with The Gerontological Society of America (The GSA), we share their dedication to enabling healthcare professionals deliver strong recommendations for vaccination. The free online program combines accredited online CME with a patient counseling tool to help healthcare practitioners apply learning to practice.
The CME & counseling tool reinforce the best practice of providing patients with a presumptive recommendation. The online patient counseling tool, which can be used with patients of all ages, provides easy responses to use in practice when vaccine hesitancy is expressed. It is our hope that by using the tool in practice with a few patients, clinicians will easily apply the learning to memory and, as a result, increase flu vaccine rates.
You can access the free learning activity at www.mdBriefCase.net/US/TOPPiT.
Published for Joint Commission-accredited organizations and interested health care professionals, R3 Report provides the rationale and references that The Joint Commission employs in the development of new requirements. While the standards manuals also may provide a rationale, R3 Report goes into more depth, providing a rationale statement for each element of performance (EP). The references provide the evidence that supports the requirement. R3 Report may be reproduced if credited to The Joint Commission. Sign up for email delivery.
|National Council on Aging: Falls Prevention Awareness Day|
|The updated “Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes” is now available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Integrated Surveyor Training website. This training focuses on person-centered care for residents with dementia and resident-abuse prevention. Click on the following links to access the self-paced online training or downloadable materials for an instructor-led course.|
2019 Wound Care Conference Guide Winter-Spring
The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) is an independent not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure injuries. Formed in 1986, the NPIAP Board of Directors is composed of leading experts from different health care disciplines— all of whom share a commitment to the prevention and management of pressure injuries. With our focus on pressure injury prevention and management, the NPIAP serves as a unique resource to health care professionals, the government, public, and health care agencies. The NPIAP welcomes and encourages the participation of those interested in pressure injury issues through utilization of NPIAP educational materials, participation at national conferences, and support of efforts in public policy, education and research.