As part of the C to C initiative, each month THCA provides relevant news and best practices on a specific quality topic related to long term care. This November, the Quality Topic of the Month focuses on Reducing Re-hospitalizations by using the INTERACT Communication Tools and Care Pathways.
Please visit the only licensed website to download INTERACT content. The website is www.pathway-interact.com
SBAR COMUNICATION FORM
Situation, Background, Appearance, Review (SBAR) and Notify. Provides a comprehensive and user-friendly nursing evaluation that helps guide and document critical thinking in an efficient way. SBAR prepares nurses to provide more detailed information about resident conditions and in turn aids practitioners to be better informed when determining next steps.
DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS: CHANGE IN CONDITION FILE CARDS AND CARE PATHS
These tools were adapted as guidance from the AMDA Clinical Practice Guideline on Acute Changes in Condition in the Long-Term Care Setting. They provide criteria for nurses to determine what signs/symptoms need to be reported to the medical practitioner immediately and what requires non-immediate notification. These tools can be available at the nurses’ station as a quick reference guide.