News Briefs

Video sheds light on living with disability

Fanlight Productions in Boston recently released a video in which women with disabilities, particularly spinal cord injuries, offer insights on living. "Not Just Surviving: Women Living a Full Life With a Spinal Cord Injury" addresses topics of importance to women such as rehabilitation, working with health care providers, appearance and sexuality, contraception, pregnancy, parenting, and menopause. The video brings together four women who have been living with spinal cord injury for more than 15 years. The women speak about their experience with spinal cord injury and about what they have found to be the key to living a full life after their accidents.

The 40-minute video sells for $145 plus shipping and handling. It also can be rented for $50 a day. To order or for more information, contact Fanlight Productions, 4196 Washington St., Suite 2, Boston, MA 02131. Telephone: (800) 937-4113. Web site: Order #DD-273.

Check out this consumer guide on assisted living

The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL) in Arlington, VA, recently released Choosing an Assisted Living Facility: Strategies for Making the Right Decision. The guide is designed to help individuals choosing an assisted-living facility identify and explore the issues necessary to select a good one.

Topics covered in the consumer guide are: costs and contracts, personal care, health care, transportation, activities and socializing, meals, safety, facility-initiated discharge, accessibility, and special care units.

The 25-page booklet sells for $5. Bulk orders of 25 booklets are available for $50. To order, or for more information, contact CCAL, P.O. Box 3375, Arlington, VA 22203. Telephone: (703) 841-2333. Web site: In addition, you may join CCAL for $30 and receive its quarterly newsletter with discussions of assisted living issues, news and updates.

Project offers quick tool for nutrition issues

The Nutrition Screening Initiative in Washing ton, DC, recently released "Nutrition Care Alerts," a pamphlet that provides warning signs and action steps for nutrition-related health problems.

The pamphlet includes information on four nutrition-related health issues: unintended weight loss, dehydration, pressure ulcers, and tube-feeding complications. For each of the four conditions, the pamphlet lists warning signs followed by suggested action steps for members of the care team.

Action steps are divided into two sections. The first includes suggestions for nursing assistants or family caregivers. The second provides suggestions for members of the interdisciplinary care team, such as nurses, dietitians, and physicians. The pamphlet was written with nursing home residents in mind but is also appropriate for home health patients.

The Baltimore-based Health Care Financing Administration has agreed to begin pilot testing the "Nutrition Care Alerts" to gauge their effectiveness in the field before the end of the year. For a copy of the pamphlet and an order form, contact Nutrition Screening Initiative, 1010 Wiscon sin Ave. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20007.

Risk management firm launches new Web site

Health Risk Management (HRM), a health care consulting and benchmarking company in Minneapolis, recently launched its expanded Web site that includes interactive features. The Web site includes a built-in calculator to help health plans determine the effectiveness of medical management efforts, and secured client sites with training modules for HRM’s evidence-based clinical decision support guidelines.

For details, visit the site at

New JCAHO manual helps with accreditation

Leaping the Joint Commission’s hurdles to accreditation can be made easier with the newest edition of Strategies for Successful JCAHO Homecare Accreditation 1999-2000. This newest edition is a step-by-step guide to compliance with the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ 1999-2000 standards. Its 573 pages provide strategies and documentation tools to help you prepare for accreditation and include dozens of forms, checklists, staff education documentation, and management tools.

The guide also features case studies with tips and advice from your peers who have survived the survey, plus a list of vendors approved by the Joint Commission to measure outcomes. With your purchase of the new guide, you can receive 25 nursing continuing education credits free. You also have the opportunity to buy unlimited additional CE programs for just $40 each. Call (800) 688-2421 or e-mail American Health Consultants at