Monday, July 28, 2014

Clinical Considerations Toolkit: 7 Steps to Guide Antipsychotic Management

Holly Harmon

The Clinical Considerations of Antipsychotic Management Toolkit is a clinically-focused resource containing steps and objectives framed around the Nursing Process to assist efforts in reducing the off-label use of antipsychotic medications. The Nursing Process steps include: recognition/assessment, diagnosis/clinical judgment, outcomes planning, implementation, and evaluation. The Nursing Process is a universally acknowledged method used to identify and address complex issues and is consistent with standard problem-solving and quality improvement.

There are two additional steps, leadership and staff training, added to the Nursing Process model completing the framework for this toolkit. Each step and objective includes expectations to meet those objectives along with identification of various tools and resources to assist with meeting the objectives. In addition, the toolkit contains a sample policy, sample memo for communication to physicians, medication tapering checklist, SBAR, CHAT, QA review tool and a case study.

To visit the AHCA/NCAL website, access the toolkit and learn more about the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative here: http://www.ahcancal.org/quality_improvement/qualityinitiative/Documents/Antipsychotic%20Management%20Toolkit.pdf

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