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The National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign (NNHQIC) seeks pilot testers for a new Dementia Care and Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool. This Excel-based tool will track information for individuals living with dementia AND any resident for whom psychotropic medications are prescribed. It will support and prompt individualized care, document key processes, and provide information to identify opportunities and drive improvement. Interested organizations please send a message to Help@nhQualityCampaign.org to request additional information on participating in the pilot test.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recently Strengthened its Black Box Warning About Fluoroquinolone Use
Appropriate fluoroquinolone prescribing is important for patient safety. A recent study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases reports that fluoroquinolones are commonly prescribed for conditions when antibiotics are not needed at all, or when fluoroquinolones are not the recommended first-line therapy.
Occupational therapists (OTs) at Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation and Health Care Center improved their ability to assess and implement health literacy interventions for patients by 36 percent after a 6-week workshop that featured AHRQ’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. The workshop was administered to OTs, OT assistants, and other therapy and rehabilitation staff at the 217-bed skilled nursing facility in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Improving OTs’ ability to provide information that patients can readily understand and use in their daily lives is an important aspect of their overall rehabilitation, according to Virginia Koenig, who has a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy. Dr. Koenig is an academic fieldwork coordinator at Touro College, New York, and developed and administered the intervention at Greenwich Woods.
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