New Additions to Audiovisual Library - 2015


The following titles are new to the DSHS Audiovisual Library in 2015. To order an item (Texas residents only), please contact us at: Texas Department of State Health Services, Audiovisual Library, 1100 W. 49th Street, Mail Code 1975, Austin, TX 78756-3199, Toll free: 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7260, (512) 776-7260, Fax: 512-776-7474, e-mail

Do you have a suggestion for a new audiovisual title to add to the collection or a new health and safety video topic? We want to hear from you!
See also New Additions to the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and Rehabilitation Services collections.

See also New Additions to Audiovisual Library - 2013-14



7 steps to reduce the risk of SIDS - DV0853
DVD 15 min. 2013 Adult
This DVD teaches parents about the importance of back sleeping, providing a safe sleep environment, the use of pacifiers for sleep, breastfeeding, and well-baby visits. Parents are cautioned to avoid smoking and alcohol.

100 answers 20 question 6 perspectives - DV0876
DVD 130 min. 2012 Adult, Professional
This program is a compilation of honest answers about dementia from medical doctors, professional care partners, family members, and a person living with the disease. This DVD empowers families to deal with dementia on their own terms and encourages healthcare professionals to provide person- and family-centered care. Viewers will learn how to help those with dementia to continue to live purposefully. They also learn about the different forms of dementia, useful medications, behavioral concerns, and end-of-life care.

Adult, infant, and child CPR and AED awareness - DV0874
DVD 31 min. 2012 Adult
Included in this video is a step by step approach on what to do for an adult cardiac emergency, calling 911, and a comprehensive description and demonstration section on how to perform CPR for the adult age group. A brief introduction to the AED (Automated External Defibrillator), the importance of this life-saving device and how to operate one.

Alzheimer's disease: is it delirium or dementia - DV0919
DVD 36 min. Adult
This video, designed for nursing home personnel, explores several successful methods for dealing with residents who have an altered mental status. These methods will make the job easier, even rewarding, and will help calm the concerns of family members.

Anaphylaxis: what you should know about an allergic emergency (closed captioned) - DV0868
DVD 24 min. 2010 Adult
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that involves a number of body systems and can be fatal within minutes. It is caused by allergies to certain foods, insect stings, medications, latex, or other allergens. There are up to 2,000 episodes of anaphylaxis per every 100,000 people each year. This program highlights ways to prevent anaphylaxis, shows how it is diagnosed, and discusses the available emergency treatments that can truly be life-saving.

Back safety basics - DV0882
DVD 10 min. 2009
Back injuries can affect workers in any type of occupation and devastate their quality of life. Many of the causes of back injury can be prevented by teaching employees how the back operates and the basics of proper lifting techniques, correct posture, and stretching exercises.

Basics: fruits and vegetables (closed captioned) - DV0869
DVD 16 min. 2008 JrH-SrH
Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. In this program, Chef Paulette Mitchell discusses the variety of fruits and vegetables available while demonstrating preparation and cooking methods. Chef Paulette also demonstrates easy and delicious recipes including fruit kabobs, fruit smoothies, fruit ices, vegetable pizza, and a veggie tortilla roll-up

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s: an emotional journey - DV0927
DVD 50 min. 2012 Adult
This DVD offers insight, hope, and understanding for anyone who cares for a loved one with Alzheimer's. Topics discussed include: caring for one who doesn't remember your name; grieving loss; struggling with feelings of failure, guilt, frustration, and anger; how to care for you while you care for someone else; feeling exhausted; finding support, and allowing someone else to care for your loved one. Caregivers are encouraged to recognize those times when laughter, singing, and foolishness are entirely appropriate. They are advised to learn to accept the person that s/he is now. This program is divided into 12 segments and features interviews with experts including Joanne Koenig Coste, author of Learning to Speak Alzheimer's (DV0547).

Caring for the cognitively impaired: communication with impaired clients - DV0896
DVD 22 min. 2011 Professional
Many times chronic illnesses contribute to mental and behavioral changes. This program focuses on various causes and the proper response. It reviews the various warning signs of depression and types of functional and organic disorders. It explains the difference between delirium and depression.

Color power: fruit and vegetables (closed captioned) - DV0867
DVD 24 min. 2014 JrH-SrH
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, more is better. Fruits and veggies are filled with a host of health-promoting benefits, but often times we fall short on our daily servings. How can we get ourselves to eat and enjoy more fruits and veggies? Viewers learn of the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, daily nutrition requirements, selection and basic preparation methods, proper portions and ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet.

Communication difficulties - DV0877
DVD 41 min. 2009 Professional
This DVD discusses ways to assess the expressive and receptive skills of older adults with dementia or other medical conditions. It offers a number of interventions caregivers can apply, including the use of a 9-question assessment and intervention tool that promotes better overall communication and patient safety.

COPD: take control (closed captioned)- DV0913
DVD 15 min. 2010 Adult  
This DVD explains to patients what COPD is and how it affects their breathing. Self-care skills such as quitting smoking, using medications as prescribed, oxygen therapy, and knowing when to contact the healthcare provider are shown. Diaphragmatic breathing, and pursed lip breathing are explained and demonstrated. Positive lifestyle changes are introduced. Following these self-care skills will help patients manage their COPD so they can stay out of the hospital.

Cultural awareness in healthcare: an action plan - DV0892
DVD 17 min. 2014 Professional
This program explains the importance of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care. It describes the CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care) standards put forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the categories within those standards. It gives guidance in establishing and implementing an action plan that recognizes and enforces the CLAS standards.

Current issues in tuberculosis: the american epidemic - DV0891
DVD 17 min. 2014 Professional
This program explains the causes of tuberculosis and the difference between tuberculosis infection and tuberculosis disease. It lists four body systems that can be infected with TB and its common symptoms. Viewers will learn about the six population groups that are at high risk for TB infection and will be able to describe multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. They will also learn the ways a person can acquire tuberculosis.

Deadly driving distractions: texting, cell phones, and other killers (closed captioned) - DV0888
DVD 20 min. 2010 Adult  
Psychology researcher David Strayer, a driving instructor, and other experts give advice on safe driving techniques. They underscore the hazards of driving while texting, while talking on a cell phone or using an MP3 player, while eating, and while drunk. In addition, young adults add extra credibility to the “eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” message by expressing concern about their own distracted driving behaviors. The program concludes with the story of a young man who died behind the wheel because he was texting.

Diabetes: making lifestyle changes (closed captioned) - DV0912
DVD 20 min. 2015 Adult
This practical and realistic program takes patients through the steps to making changes for a lifetime of better health. The process suggested in the DVD includes making an action plan, choosing one long range goal, setting short-term measurable goals to achieve it, keeping a log, working with a diabetes educator, and evaluating obstacles. The video recommends viewers get feedback on progress. It encourages people to seek support from diabetes support groups, or other community groups. The video features a diverse group of actual patients, who share their own experiences.

Delivering excellent customer service in the long-term care environment - DV0856
DVD 26 min. 2009 Professional
This DVD demonstrates important skills necessary to help caregivers provide care for their customers (residents and their families) and to ensure consistent customer satisfaction. Filled with practical information and useful instruction, this program illustrates the standard for excellent customer care.

Dementia in long-term care: communicating with residents - DV0855
DVD 23 min. 2012 Professional
Viewers learn of the communication difficulties associated with dementia. They see examples of verbal and non-verbal techniques to bridge the communication gap with residents with dementia. Caregivers can help residents by understanding residents’ capabilities and limitations, then using that knowledge to help provide individualized care.

Documentation: essentials of nursing documentation - DV0858
DVD 24 min. 2013 Professional
This program describes commonly used approaches to documentation, a review of the basic data to record in patient records, and practice guidelines to follow that protect patient privacy, comply with federal regulations, and protect the nurse against potential legal actions. It describes the functions of medical records, five commonly used approaches to documentation, lists the most common types of documenting mistakes and sources of inaccuracy, and explains the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality. It also describes strategies to preserve patient confidentiality at all times and explains how to address issues related to noncompliance, unusual occurrence reports and administrative considerations.

Driving stupid (closed captioned) - DV0863
DVD 16 min. 2014 Senior High - Adult
This program dramatizes that most teens overestimate their driving skills and underestimate the risks involved in texting while driving, driving drowsy, and driving under the influence. True to life stories accentuate these very real dangers. A young woman describes how a driver who was texting caused a crash that killed her parents and left her with severe injuries. Another teen describes falling asleep while driving and how the resulting crash left him wheel-chair bound for life. A trauma center nurse and a police officer describe the kinds of injuries they have seen for teenage victims of crashes due to alcohol and drugs. The film also shows teens participating in a driving skills program that safely exposes them to a variety of hazards and teaches them the importance of developing safe driving skills.

Fall protection (closed captioned) - DV0889
DVD 31 min. 2008 Adult
This DVD will help to train workers in safely performing some of the most hazardous jobs in home building. Designed for use with the NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, the program offers demonstrations of safe work practices and equipment operations that satisfy OSHA standards. Featured topics include the use of ladders, guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, slide guards, safety nets, aerial and forklift baskets, and other safety equipment. Viewers will learn accident prevention measures to put in place when framing and roofing, such as proper management of rope slack and the creation of controlled-access zones, as well as the best ways to communicate warnings and worksite hazards to the entire crew. This program correlates to all National CTE Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act).

Getting control of yourself: anger management tools and techniques (closed captioned) - DV0870
DVD 75 min. 2012 Professional
Going beyond the old "count to 10, take a deep breath" models, and completely eliminating shame-based techniques, Christian Conte, PhD, offers radical new ways of understanding why people rage and how they can stop. Viewers learn about the neurochemistry of anger, how to recognize a client’s personal anger-types, and how to help clients master antidotes to each. In addition, they will become skilled at helping clients recognize triggers, detach from thoughts, and use self-awareness more effectively.

Hallmarks of good mental health (closed captioned) - DV0862
DVD 16 min. 2011 Senior High - Adult
This program helps viewers recognize the six key qualities that define good mental health in adolescence. The qualities that define good mental health are having satisfying relationships, being happy with one’s academic achievements, maintaining clear and achievable goals, being capable of delaying immediate gratification, making good choices, and resisting unhealthy peer pressure. Having a strong sense of self-esteem is especially highlighted: if you do not feel good about yourself, you are more likely to limit yourself and make bad choices. Each of the hallmarks is clearly demonstrated by real teens in a variety of settings, including at school, at home, and at play. The peer-to-peer approach focuses students’ attention on the key qualities that they should acquire as they make their way through adolescence.

Hazard communication in industrial facilities - DV0875
DVD 20 min. 2013 Adult
This DVD introduces employees to the Hazard Communication regulations and provides training on the various groups of chemicals found in the industrial environment. Created specifically to assist industrial facilities of all types in complying with federal, state and municipal hazard communication regulations, the course addresses the major education and training requirements in these chemical hazard laws.

Hearing conservation – basic training - DV0883
DVD 20 min. 2011 Adult
Hearing loss is easy to ignore; there is no pain, pressure, or bleeding as hearing loss from noise exposure occurs. It happens gradually and often is not noticed until it's too late. This program trains employees on the basic methods of protecting their ears from work-related hearing loss.

Heroin rising: cheap, addictive, and deadly (closed captioned) - DV0864
DVD 19 min. 2014 Senior High - Adult
Teen heroin use is on the rise again. Heroin use can result in significant health problems including overdose and death; and, if sharing needles or other injection equipment, exposure to HIV, hepatitis C, and other diseases. This program interviews recovering teen heroin addicts to tell their cautionary stories. When, how and why did they start taking heroin? What damage did it do to their bodies and lives? How hard is it to stay clean? How many friends have overdosed on heroin? Drug abuse counselors add their advice and guidance on how to avoid this deadly drug.

High blood cholesterol (closed captioned) - DV0911
DVD 13 min. 2015 Adult  
High blood cholesterol may contribute to heart attack, stroke, or peripheral artery disease. This DVD explains what cholesterol is, how it contributes to atherosclerosis throughout the entire circulatory system, the difference between LDL and HDL, and the treatment plan to reduce cholesterol levels. This plan may involve taking medications and making lifestyle change, including: eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and quitting smoking. The program shows people how to read the food label, and recommends they avoid saturated and trans fat, and eat more fiber. It explains that quitting smoking is the healthiest thing anyone can do for their health. It gives an overview of types of cholesterol lowering medication, the importance of taking it as directed, and common side effects. 

HIPAA for healthcare workers - DV0857
DVD 18 min. 2014 Professional
This program describes the overall purpose and goals of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It explains the role of the HIPAA advisory team as well as the role of the individual healthcare worker and five rules of administrative simplification.

Hospice services in long-term care - DV0879
DVD 16 min 2006 Professional
More and more long term care facilities are offering the option of special end of life care to residents by establishing relationships which bring hospice staff and philosophy into the nursing home. Find out how residents and their families benefit, how the process works, and the positive impact this collaboration provides for everyone. This DVD includes interviews with members of the Gilchrist Hospice team who regularly provide care in nursing homes. They discuss the one-on-one care they are able to give residents, how hospice is able to support families, and their role in educating staff on pain management and accommodating end of life wishes.

How to measure vital signs (closed captioned) - DV0897
DVD 37 min. 2010 Professional
This program explains how to take a temperature reading, measure blood pressure, assess pain, and weigh patients.

Influences on the health of individuals (closed captioned) - DV0871
DVD 18 min. 2010 Senior High 
This program was filmed in Australia. It explores the determinants of health or influences on health through practical examples over different life stages in today's society. It explains how health can be determined by a range of individual, social, cultural, environmental, and lifestyle factors that are dynamic and interrelated. We conclude by highlighting education and awareness as the greatest influences on our health and the decisions we make.

Introduction to GHS - DV0873
DVD 19 min. 2012 Adult
Created specifically to assist facilities in complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA's newly adopted GHS regulations, these products discuss the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This program will review what the Globally Harmonized System is all about, why OSHA adopted the GHS, and the phase-in dates for implementing the GHS.

Journey through the shadows - DV0929
DVD 50 min. 2011 Adult  
Death by suicide deeply affects the lives of those who are left behind by the one who has died. With so much pain and sorrow it is difficult to know how to navigate these changes. This DVD offers encouragement and support to survivors who are both grieving a loved one's death by suicide, and wondering why it happened at all. Advice from experts and family members who have walked this path combines with resources that teach friends how they can help.

Last will and embezzlement - DV0878
DVD 23 min. 2011 Adult
This film examines the problem of financial elder abuse and its growing impact on a rapidly-aging population. It identifies why many older adults become vulnerable, tactics perpetrators use to gain trust, and what families and professionals can do to help protect loved ones and older adults in their care. Actor Mickey Rooney tells how he lost millions of dollars through a trusted family member.

Lifelong physical activity (closed captioned) - DV0872
DVD 15 min. 2012 JrH-SrH
This program was filmed in Australia. The benefits of regular physical activity from a young age are highlighted. Viewers will hear from Olympic rower Kim Crow and a number of amateur orienteers, as they discuss the physical, mental, and social outcomes of physical activity. The positive and negative aspects of group and individual activities are explored, including barriers to participation and how people from different backgrounds can overcome these challenges. This program provides valuable practical knowledge and the perfect motivation for getting started with any type of physical activity.
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Loving someone with an addiction - DV0928
DVD 56 min. 2013 Adult
Through interviews with experts and with families who have experienced the addiction of a loved one, this program offers hope-filled support in the form of practical information, advice from others who have been there, and the power of shared experiences. Topics discussed include: understanding addiction and how it affects the whole family; grieving the loss of the person you once knew; pitfalls for families when dealing with addiction; feelings of guilt/shame/stigma; dealing with denial, fear, hopelessness and despair; detaching with love; and the importance of educating oneself about addiction. Experts offer suggestions for recovery and where to turn for help.

Managing your high blood pressure (closed captioned) - DV0914
DVD 15 min. 2015 Adult
This DVD helps people understand high blood pressure, or hypertension, and gives an overview of the treatment plan. It explains that while there may be no symptoms, high blood pressure can still be doing damage to the body that may lead to a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, or eye disease. It encourages patients to keep a record of blood pressure readings and meet with a healthcare provider regularly to maintain the goals of a treatment plan. The plan may include taking medication, checking blood pressure regularly, limiting salt, increasing physical activity, healthy eating, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, relieving stress, limiting alcohol, and most importantly, quitting smoking. The program gives an overview of types of medication, the importance of taking them as directed, and common side effects.

Miracle of birth 4: five birth stories - DV0854
DVD 61 min. 2014 Adult
From first contractions through birth, follow five women as they become new mothers. This diverse collection of birth stories shares personal experiences and emotions, emphasizes the importance of support people, and shows a variety of birth situations. Each intimate story offers a realistic view of common hospital births, while highlighting the benefits of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. Natasha and Orion’s baby is born via a vaginal birth. Natasha uses natural comfort techniques before augmentation and choosing an analgesic. Jackie and Kevin have a long latent phase of labor before getting an epidural. Heather and Bill deliver twins vaginally with an epidural. Elana and Tim use a variety of comfort techniques and positions to have an unmedicated birth. Lea, a single mom, experiences an induced epidural birth. She tries several comfort techniques before getting an epidural.

The nursing assistant: fall prevention - DV0893
DVD 18 min. 2014 Professional
Falls are among the leading causes of nursing home survey deficiencies, fines, and lawsuits. Along with physical injuries, falls can have an emotional impact, often the resident becomes fearful of falling again. This fear may cause the resident to lose confidence in being able to perform daily activities that she or he was capable of doing before the fall. Viewers learn of the three factors that place a resident at risk for falls and the three actions that can be taken to help prevent a resident from falling. They are also cautioned that restraints may actually increase the risk of falling.

The nursing assistant: nutrition and hydration - DV0894
DVD 19 min. 2014 Professional
This program lists the three factors that may cause a resident to have inadequate food and fluid intake and describes the consequences that can occur if a resident becomes malnourished and underweight. It details the three ways to assist a resident with food and fluid intake during mealtime. It urges nursing assistants to take specific actions if they notice a change in a resident’s food and fluid intake.

The nursing assistant: understanding abuse and neglect - DV0895
DVD 19 min. 2014 Professional
This program defines abuse and neglect and cautions against the misuse of restraints. It describes the misuse of a resident’s personal property and tells nursing assistants what to do when they suspect residents have been abused or neglected.

Practical coach 2 - DV0861
DVD 25 min. 2014 Adult
Restricted to employees of the Texas Health and Human Services agencies and their contractors. The simplicity of letting employees know that what they do matters to you, remains the central message for those who supervise others. This program identifies the three most critical times to intervene as a coach. Managers are urged to intervene when they see good work, poor work, and a dead-end road. Managers are given specific examples of how to coach employees through each situation.

Resident care: protecting privacy and confidentiality - DV0890
DVD 25 min. 2014 Professional
This program will help caregivers understand what privacy and confidentiality mean and why both are so important. They will learn to recognize everyday situations that might jeopardize resident privacy and confidentiality and learn practical ways to assure that the privacy and confidentiality of residents is maintained.

Resident’s rights: the resident’s perspective - DV0881
DVD 20 min. 2009 Professional
Residents themselves define the meaning of resident’s rights. In a series of interviews, residents emphasize that a resident’s room is a resident’s home. Anyone who enters a room is a guest and should respect that resident’s privacy and choices. A knock on the door, a courteous greeting, knowing personal preferences and offering choices are all included in their comments. They have preferences about activities in which they would like to participate, opinions about going outside, and where they would like to sit. The desire of residents to control their own destinies should be accommodated whenever possible.

Resident’s rights: why residents refuse necessary care - DV0880
DVD 15 min. 2011 Professional
When residents refuse care or make poor health choices, nursing assistants find themselves in a difficult position. At some point, all nursing assistants will be confronted with residents who refuse to be bathed, change soiled clothes, take medications, or other necessary care. The challenge for the nursing assistant is to respect the resident’s right to make these choices, however still make sure necessary care is provided.

Respectful communicator: the part you play - DV0859
1 DVD + 1 CD-ROM 15 min. 2011 Adult
Restricted to employees of the Texas Health and Human Services agencies and their contractors. In today's diverse workplace, a number of things can undermine successful communication, including a perceived lack of respect or inclusion. This program shows how taking a few extra steps can keep misunderstandings to a minimum. It illustrates how to communicate clearly without demeaning, devaluing, or offending others.

Respectful workplace: it starts with you - DV0860
1 DVD + 1 CD-ROM 18 min. 2011 Adult
Restricted to employees of the Texas Health and Human Service agencies and their contractors. This program combines dramatic vignettes and helpful onscreen hosts to illustrate actions individuals must take to ensure that their workplace is respectful and inclusive. They must avoid clearly discriminatory or intolerant behavior and respect the unique perspective and knowledge each person has to offer. They should act in ways that encourage people and let go of the belief that only one way is the right way. Employees are taught that while they don't need to be best friends with everyone on the team, they must respect each other, and appreciate their differences and look for the value that each person brings to the overall group effort

Scoliosis screening exam - DV0939
DVD 5 min. 2014 Professional
Dr. Dan Sucato demonstrates how to identify scoliosis by conducting an exam on a girl who has scoliosis.

Skinny on solid fats (closed captioned) - DV0865
DVD 17 min. 2013 Senior High
This program explains the different types of fat and why solid fats are harmful to your health (and waistline!). Take a ride on an LDL and HDL raft to discover how fats affect your cholesterol. Find out where fats hide in your diet and ways to reduce the amount you consume.

Think before you drink: sugar shockers and beverage tips (closed captioned)- DV0866
DVD 25 min. 2014 Senior High
Soft drinks, sweetened teas, specialty coffee drinks, sports drinks, fruit-flavored juices, and energy drinks are sugary, empty-calorie culprits that contribute to rising rates of obesity and other chronic diseases. Viewers will discover the best beverage bets and learn more about how to make healthy choices through short video segments.

Top five tips for safe driving (closed captioned) - DV0887
DVD 17 min. 2013 Adult
Experts estimate that drivers make at least 20 decisions every minute while maneuvering through traffic, and the more distractions they have to deal with, let alone considerations such as bad weather or another driver’s road rage, the more likely it is that an accident will occur. Using interviews with a neurologist, a police officer, a mechanic, and driving instructors, this program provides information about the five best ways to stay safe behind the wheel. It provides concrete strategies for avoiding distractions, driving safely at night and during bad weather, and defensive driving. It also covers legal limitations and basic vehicle safety. It lists essential items to keep in the car, lets drivers know what do to if the car goes into a skid or breaks down, and more. Also available through Films on Demand.

The transforming power of caregiving: returning to life after caregiving ends - DV0915
DVD 48 min. 2014 Adult
There is a natural sense of loss when the need for caregiving is over. Caergivers face the double sorrow of the death of a loved one as well as the ending of a primary purpose and role in life. Part of the experience of after-caregiving is to find a “new normal.” Many factors go into the development of a new identity after the death of a loved one. It is okay to feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and to ask for help in facing the unfamiliar. It is important that caregivers give themselves permission to experience these things and try to look towards the future.

Understanding pregnancy: a comprehensive guide - DV0852
DVD 78 min. 2012 Adult
This DVD teaches expectant parents how to keep themselves and their babies. This DVD models healthy habits and partner involvement, all while stressing the importance of good prenatal health. Animation brings fetal development to life and will motivate moms to take good care of themselves throughout pregnancy. Viewers learn about nutrition, exercise, discomforts, hazards, and the emotional ups and downs of pregnancy.

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