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AHA, CDC issue patient education resource on prescription opioids

The AHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a one-page downloadable PDF, Prescription Opioids: What You Need To Know. This free handout is designed to present the risks and benefits of opioid medications to patients. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack states, "We want patients to have open, honest conversations with their care providers about the best way to manage pain."

The AHA's opioid resource page offers an abundance of links to opioid legislation and policy, webinars and conference calls, case examples, CDC and SAMHSA resources, hospitals and health networks coverage, and AHA news and resources. The CDC’s Injury Prevention and Control: Opioid Overdose page includes information on opioid basics, prescribing guidelines, data, resources for states, and press releases related to the epidemic.

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Post Discharge Tool

The National Patient Safety Foundation provides a free post discharge tool as a downloadable PDF. The tool was created to help patients and families take action to keep the patient’s recovery on track and to keep them out of the hospital. It includes interactive forms covering follow-up appointments, notes relevant to the patient’s recovery, and a personal medication list. They also have a page for patients covering preventing infections in the hospital.

A voice for patient safety since 1997, the National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. They can be contacted at 617-391-9900.

Asthma Education for Healthcare Professionals

The Asthma Education Clinic provides courses for health care professionals to improve their asthma skills and knowledge. These courses run the gamut from serving staff who need to know just the basics about asthma to advanced programs training doctors and nurses on how to be effective asthma educators and peer instructors.

They also offer a wide range of reference textbooks, workbooks and quick-reference charts. Their online 'Journal' section includes articles, essays, and the latest research findings. All their publications are based on the NHLBI guidelines.

Subscribe to their newsletter or call at 780-988-6014 or 888-ASTHMA-6. AEC is located in Alberta, Canada.

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Personal Stories of Hope

Clinical research is improving people’s lives today and offers hope for the future. Personal Stories: Hope from NIDDK Clinical Research provides profiles of people who participate in new treatments or prevention strategies. Sharing these empowering stories raises awareness of the value of clinical research to possible participants and to the general public.

These personal stories (downloadable PDFs) cover diabetes, urology, digestive disease, kidney disease, liver disease, endocrine and metabolic disease, and blood disease. One example is Tarrie's Story about Tarrie Barnes’ battle with Hepatitis C. Not only has her health improved, but she has contributed to research and is helping raise awareness of treatments for Hepatitis C.

Joint Commission Fall Prevention Solution

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has released its Targeted Solutions Tool® for preventing hospital inpatient falls. This is an online resource that helps hospitals measure fall rates, evaluate barriers to fall prevention, and implement proven solutions for fall prevention. A 200-bed hospital that reduces injury related falls from 117 to 45 could save approximately $1 million annually.

This is a persistent issue identified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its list of conditions where reimbursement may be impacted. Serious injuries can add 6.3 days to a hospital stay and cost about $14,056.

For more information, call 630-792-5800 or e-mail [email protected].

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has published NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Quick Guide™ for Kidney Cancer, the newest addition to their library of free patient education resources. Kidney Cancer is among the 10 most diagnosed cancers in both men and women in the United States.

Marcie R. Reeder, MPH, Executive Director, NCCN Foundation says, "It is our hope that NCCN’s new patient education resources for kidney cancer will help ease the burden following diagnosis by offering patients and their caregivers an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to cancer treatment."

To view and download this and other free resources, select a cancer type from their menu. Print copies are available on Amazon.com.

Touch, Caring, and Cancer

Touch, Caring and Cancer is an educational program produced by William Collinge, PhD and funded by the National Cancer Institute. It features a 78 minute instructional video for family caregivers of cancer patients in the safe use of touch techniques for comfort of cancer patients. This can be especially helpful for reducing helplessness and stress in caregivers, improving patient quality of life, and improving relationships between caregivers and patients.

Resources on the website, PartnersInHealing.net, include:

The website includes support resources including stories, research, partner organizations, a newsletter, links, and related products.


MedlinePlus is the NIH's website that offers reliable, up-to-date health information covering over 950 diseases, health conditions, and wellness issues. This is a sponsor-free sight that does not endorse any products. It also offers a free quarterly magazine, NIH MedlinePlus, that focuses on how people from all walks of life have handled health challenges. Here’s a sample.

One section provides interactive health check tools such as calculators, quizzes, and questionnaires. Here’s one, 10 Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss.

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