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Arizona Medication Management Tools

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You will find downloads for specific tools and resources to assess your organization and assist your partners in managing medications for your patients.

Provider Tools

Reducing ADEs—What Providers Can Do
This information sheet outlines high-risk medication-related readmissions in Arizona, with tips for providers to reduce the risk of ADEs for their patients.

Quick Tips for Prescribers—Anticoagulants
Tips for reducing ADEs involving anticoagulant medications

Quick Tips for Prescribers—Diabetic Agents
Tips for reducing ADEs involving diabetic agents

Quick Tips for Prescribers—Opioids
Tips for reducing ADEs involving opioids

Other ADE Tools

Reducing ADEs—Best Practices
This information sheet for Arizona outlines the importance of medication safety and hospital readmissions, with stats on high-risk medication readmissions in the state.

ADE Best Practice Reference Tool
Resource references for Medication reconciliation, bedside delivery, pharmacist counseling, post-discharge follow-up, medication therapy management, and medication history.

High-Risk Medications: Resource of the Month

Anticoagulants

Anticoagulants: Include These Key Elements for Warfarin Management at Discharge
A single sheet that includes a chart audit tool to see if patients in your care on warfarin have all five elements of warfarin management in their transfer documentation.

Warfarin: Why You Need It: How It's Monitored, Interactions to Recognize
Four pages that includes warfarin pocket cards with indications and interactions; staff member quiz for knowledge regarding warfarin interactions; and warfarin patient education competency validation checklist for staff members.

Diabetic Agents

Diabetic Hypoglycemia: Recognizing common Symptoms and Managing a Hypoglycemic Event
Includes staff member education on the symptoms of hypoglycemia and a patient sheet on snacks to ward off a hypoglycemic event

Diabetes Education: Use Teach-Back to Help Patients Successfully Manage Their Insulin
A staff member sheet on how to use teach-back methods to educate patients on insulin basics, injection, storage, and syringe disposal.

Opioids

Opioids: Strong Warnings Against Combining Opioids for Pain, Cough Medicines, and Benzodiazepines
Provides a simple, single sheet overview of drug guidelines when prescribing opioids with sleeping aids, anti-anxiety medications, and cough medicines.

Opioids: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prescribing Guidelines for Clinicians
This single sheet offers an overview of CDC tools for opioid prescribing guidance and links to flyers, posters, videos, and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs database.

Medication SBARs (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation for Action) for High-Risk Medications

Anticoagulants, opioids, and diabetic agents are covered each month in the Medication Management SBARs.

1. Medication SBAR: Taking Medications

2. Medication SBAR: Patient Medication History

3. Medication SBAR: More About Taking a Medication History

4. Medication SBAR: Medication History and Patient Lists of Medications

5. Medication SBAR: Reducing Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)

6. Medication SBAR: Standardizing Medication History

7. Medication SBAR: Verify Internal Processes for Patients on HRMs and at Risk for Readmission

8. Medication SBAR: Reducing Anticoagulant ADEs

9. Medication SBAR: Reducing Diabetic Agent ADEs

Organizational Assessment Summary
Use this worksheet to help establish focus areas for your organization.

5 Whys Worksheet
This worksheet will help your organization identify the root cause of your initial problem.

5 Key Areas Overview
Tips on areas known to reduce avoidable readmissions, including discharge planning, medication management, patient/family engagement, transition care support, and transition communications.

Reflective Discussion Questions
This worksheet will help stimulate discussion to identify key areas of opportunity and next steps.

SWOT Analysis Worksheet
Identify your organization's internal and external strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Typical Failures in Discharge Planning
Help identify possible discharge failures in discharge planning, medication management, patient/family engagement, transition care support, and transition communications.

Admission Assessment Observation Tool
Discover the current process to identify patients for observation during admission assessment with this tool.

Discharge Observation Tool
Discover what went well and what did not work as planned and predicted by observing the patient on the last day of acute care hospitalization.

Interviews With Patients, Family Members and Care Teams
Use this tool to conduct interviews with key team members regarding a patient's readmission.