Your Worst Day: Emergency Preparedness and Response: 4-Part Educational Series

This Emergency Preparedness and Response Webinar series features real life experiences told through the lens of those who have experienced emergencies and will help you prepare and train for emergencies and anticipate potential hazards when an emergency occurs.

For healthcare workers, it is not of question of if, but when an emergency will strike. Emergencies can take many forms and are among the most disruptive experiences that healthcare workers might encounter. Being prepared can save lives, prevent financial/property loss, and ensure the safety and well-being of entire communities. Having a plan helps staff, patients, families, and residents know what to do, where to go, and how to keep themselves safe during an emergency, and ensures access to essential information and equipment.

Session 1: When Things Get Real! (4/20/2023)

Session 2: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know (4/27/2023)

Session 3: The Impact of Trauma (5/4/2023)

Session 4: The Media at Your Door (5/11/2023)

Enhancing Quality Improvement Adoption in US Nursing Homes

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated and illuminated quality failings in nursing homes, persistent equity issues, and the system- and policy-level factors that contribute to their endurance. To begin seeking ways to address these issues, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) conducted a 90-day innovation project to identify key activities to increase adoption of effective quality improvement practices in US nursing homes.

To inform the work, IHI conducted a literature scan focused on quality improvement in US nursing homes and the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program; 20+ expert interviews; and a site visit to one high-performing nursing home.

This report summarizes the research findings and presents some recommendations for organizations seeking to work with nursing homes to improve quality.

IPRO QIN-QIO Opioid Utilization Dashboard

The IPRO QIN-QIO Opioid Utilization Dashboard is an interactive tool in Tableau that shows geographic comparisons at the state and county levels of de-identified Medicare Part D opioid prescriptions filled within11 states and the District of Columbia in the IPRO QIN-QIO network. We also provide information on the concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids. Our goal is to support your efforts, as an organization or a community partner, in improving opioid prescribing practices.

Click here for a Video tutorial on how to use the dashboard

For questions or additional information about this Dashboard, please email Anne Myrka, RPh, MAT, .

Appropriate Use of Immediate-Release vs. Extended Release Opioids

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain, 2022, when initiating opioid therapy clinicians should prescribe immediate-release (IR) opioids instead of extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids, which are slower acting medications with a longer duration of pain relieving action.

This guide provides definitions for opioid naïve and tolerant, identifies key differences between IR and ER/LA opioids, guides transitioning from IR to ER/LA, offers treatment pearls including opioid tapering algorithms, patient education and opioid disposal, provides comprehensive tables for commonly used IR and ER/LA opioids, and includes a morphine milligram equivalent conversion table.

LINKS Portfolio: Falls Prevention

Knowledge Sharers education materials and guidance to help spread awareness about health topics relevant to your community members and support population health.

Falls Prevention: What You Need to Know

Help spread awareness about falls and what patients/community members can do to prevent them with this fact sheet.

Falls Prevention Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation is about falls prevention and can be adapted to fit the needs of your specific audience or community.