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February Featured Resources

Due in part to Valentine's Day, we see a lot of heart-related imagery during the month of February. However, several cardiovascular health-related observances also contribute to the theme: American Heart MonthNational Wear Red Day® (Feb 1), and National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week (Feb 10-16).

Cardiovascular health improvement is a major focus of the HHQI National Campaign, so we have hundreds (yes, hundreds) of free resources that can help you promote these annual observances among your patients and staff. Below are some HHQI participant favorites, but you can also use the filters below the list to browse additional resources.
  • Click to learn more about HHQI's 2019 American Heart Month webinar | Feb 21, 2019 | 2-3pm ET | Treating Tobacco Use & DependenceHHQI's Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry (HHCDR) is a powerful and convenient quality improvement tool available to CMS-certified home health agencies. The HHCDR fuels free custom data reports that will help you identify specific opportunities for improving the cardiovascular health of your patient population and will provide evidence of the impact made by your quality improvement efforts. Learn more.
  • Cardiovascular Health Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) — These evidence-based BPIPs provide information, tools, and resources your leadership and staff can use to make a measurable impact on the ABCS of cardiovascular health: Aspirin as Appropriate & Blood Pressure Control (part 1) and Cholesterol Management & Smoking Cessation (part 2). Please note: The Cardiovascular Health Part 1 BPIP has been updated to reflect the industry guidelines, algorithms, and protocols for hypertension management released in late 2017.
  • Online Courses with Free Continuing Education (CE) CreditsHHQI University's Cardiovascular Health course catalog currently includes 17 self-paced, online courses with a total of 24 hours of free CE credit for nurses (ANCC). Some courses also include continuing competency units for physical therapists (FSBPT). All courses are evidence-based and focus on improving patient outcomes and quality improvement.
  • Educational Videos & WebinarsHHQI's YouTube channel includes many educational videos and webinars related to cardiovascular health improvement organized into topic-specific playlists. Be sure to browse the 'Clinician Videos' and 'Patient Videos' playlists for practical tips on implementing HHQI's educational resources on the ABCS (Aspirin as Appropriate, Blood Pressure Control, Cholesterol Management, Cardiac Rehab, and Smoking Cessation). 
  • HHQI's Cardio Milestones — Currently, more than 2,400 home health agencies are participating in the Cardio Milestones program, which provides a roadmap to achieving measurable improvement in the cardiovascular health of your patient population.

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Blood Pressure Control & Medications
Blood Pressure Control & Medications
Current information & resources on hypertension medications for clinicians
 
A Healthy Heart = A Healthy You
A Healthy Heart = A Healthy You
(Spanish) Tips for protecting heart health from CMS (infographic)
 
A Healthy Heart = A Healthy You
A Healthy Heart = A Healthy You
Tips for protecting heart health from CMS (infographic)
 
Review of the SBAR Technique
Review of the SBAR Technique
from the Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) Program
 
Tobacco Cessation Counseling Guidesheet
Tobacco Cessation Counseling Guidesheet
(Spanish) 5-step guide from Rx for Change
 
Translating Science into Clinical Care: The Story of Air Quality & Cardiovascular Health
Translating Science into Clinical Care: The Story of Air Quality & Cardiovascular Health
 
Advancing QI Strategies from the Frontline
Advancing QI Strategies from the Frontline
 
Cholesterol: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Cholesterol: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Treatment guidelines, lifestyle mods, & all meds for cholesterol mgmt. 
 
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
Learn about the symptoms, tests & treatments for COPD
 
COPD Patient Video
COPD Patient Video
This 3D medical animation explains the causes, symptoms, and treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
 
Tobacco Cessation Tools List
Tobacco Cessation Tools List
Consolidated list of links to tobacco cessation tools available on the HHQI website
 
The Dangers of Flu for People with Heart Disease
The Dangers of Flu for People with Heart Disease
Information for clinicians about the risks of influenza for patients with heart disease and educational tips 
 

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