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Free Curated News in Patient Safety & Quality, Updated Daily.

Patient Safety & Quality – Selected Free Guidelines and Reviews

Updated daily. Check out our Public PubMed Collection with a selection of the most recent free guidelines and review articles pertinent to Patient Safety.

WHO Patient Safety

Series of resources in patient safety provided by the World Health Organization.

WHO Patient Safety Guidelines

Main Campaigns in patient safety developed by the World Health Organization.

Coursera – Leading Healthcare Quality and Safety

This patient safety MOOC (massive open online course) provides healthcare practitioners and others with an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to lead patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.

AHRQ Patient Safety Measure Tools & Resources

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides a series of resources in order to promote a safer health care.


AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) is a U.S. web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety.

AHRQ PSNet – Topics

The AHRQ PSNet Topics comprises an extensive selection of resources relevant to the patient safety community. These resources come in a variety of formats, including literature, research, tools, and Web sites.

AHRQ PSNet – Patient Safety Primers

AHRQ PSNet Patient Safety Primers guide you through key concepts in patient safety.

AHRQ PSNet – Perspectives on Safety

Perspectives on Safety section features expert viewpoints on current themes in patient safety and includes podcasts and reviews on the subject.

Institute of Medicine Reports – Quality and Patient Safety

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of U.S. government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.

To Err Is Human – Building a Safer Health System

This classic publication from 1999 is the first in the series of reports by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the quality of health care in the United States. Many argue that the modern field of patient safety began with this report's publication.

Quality Chasm Series: Health Care Quality Reports from the Institute of Medicine

In 1996 the Institute of Medicine launched the Quality Chasm Series, a series of reports focused on assessing and improving the quality of health care in the United States. All the reports can be downloaded for free.

The National Academies Press – Healthcare and Quality

The National Academies Press publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics including books in Healthcare and Quality.

PubMed Bookshelf – Patient Safety

PubMed Bookshelf has a vast collection of free books for doctors and other health professionals including many on patient safety and quality.

The Joint Commission – Monographs and Papers

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States and abroad. Most of the educational materials are for purchase or are exclusive to its members, but this series of monographs and papers provide some free excellent materials.

IHI Patient Safety Topics

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is one of the most active organizations in health care improvement and patient safety worldwide. The link provides access to the different topics pertinent to patient safety. Free registration is required.

NHS Patient Safety Resources

Practical information tools and support to improve patient safety in the NHS from UK.

Advances in Patient Safety

Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ - USA), this series contains 3 compendiums about advances in patient safety: 1) From Research to Implementation; 2) New Directions and Alternative Approaches; and 3) An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses.

Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Review of Evidence Supporting Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

Supplement from the Annals of Internal Medicine issued in 2013 including systematic reviews of 10 key patient safety practices.

Making Healthcare Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices

In 2001 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) issued the report Making Health Care Safer, using evidence-based medicine principles to identify key patient safety practices (PSPs). This is the updated report issued in 2013. The authors critically examined the evidence supporting 41 separate PSPs and ultimately arrived at a list of 10 strongly encouraged practices.

Patient Safety and Quality – An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses

Patient safety and quality care are at the core of health care systems and processes and are inherently dependent upon nurses. This book examines the science behind quality and safety concepts and provides some insight into the multiple factors that determine the quality and safety of health care as well as patient, nurse, and systems outcomes.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Publications

Established by Health Canada in 2003, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) works with governments, health organizations, leaders, and healthcare providers to improve patient safety and quality.

Global Patient Safety Alerts

Global Patient Safety Alerts is a project of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and features a comprehensive collection of patient safety alerts, advisories and recommendations for healthcare providers and organizations.

Safer Healthcare Now! Interventions

Safer Healthcare Now! is promoted by The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and provides a series of practical tools for improving quality and patient safety.

Health Quality Council of Alberta

The Health Quality Council of Alberta aims to promote and improve patient safety and health service quality across Alberta, in Canada.

Medscape News – Patient Safety (free registration required)

Medscape News is vast free medical resource and includes news related to patient safety.

BMJ Quality and Safety – Patient Safety for Global Health

Patient safety for global health: developing safe, effective and accessible technologies is a free supplement from BMJ Quality and Safety aiming to identify and clarify the role and objectives of technology in improving patient safety across the world, and establish future priorities in research, education and implementation for patient safety.

BMJ Quality and Safety – Diagnostic Error in Medicine

This free supplement provides insight to the main issues concerning diagnostic error in medicine.

1000 Lives Plus – improving care, delivering quality

1000 Lives Plus is the national improvement programme supporting organizations and individuals to deliver the highest quality and safest healthcare for the people of Wales.

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine aims to identify and create interventions to reduce the likelihood of harm related to diagnostic error. It provides a series of resources and related links on the subject.

SAFER Guides

The SAFER Guides consist of nine guides to enable healthcare organizations to address Electronic Health Records (EHR) safety in a variety of areas.

The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. It provides many publications in the area of patient safety and quality of care.

RARE Campaign

The Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) Campaign provides resources on 5 Key Areas Known to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions after hospitalization.

Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit

The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit can help hospitals reduce readmission rates by replicating the discharge process that resulted in 30 percent fewer hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. Developed by the Boston University Medical Center and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the newly expanded toolkit helps to ensure a smooth and effective transition from hospital to home.

Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology

Provided by the European Society of Anaesthesiology, Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology provides a series of resources to raise the safety standards across Europe.


SafetyLit: Injury Research and Prevention Bibliographic Service is a literature review of all papers related to injury occurrence and risk factors, and includes summaries of doctoral theses, "scholarly" reports and journal articles.

CDC Medication Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Medication Safety Program is a collection of campaigns, initiatives and education resources to reduce the risk of harm from medicines.

FDA Initiative to Reduce Radiation Exposure

U.S. Food and Drug Administration White Paper: Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging.

FDA Drug Safety Communications

This webpage contains the most recent Drug Safety Communications from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

MHRA – Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) comprises information targeted for different healthcare professional specialties to assist them in the safe use and management of medicines and medical devices.

MHRA Drug Safety Updates

Drug Safety Update is the monthly electronic bulletin from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Commission on Human Medicines and brings the latest information and advice to support the safer use of medicines.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization devoted to medication error prevention and safe medication use. It provides a series of tools and resources on the topic.

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

Healthcare-associated infections are among the most common complications affecting patients in hospital. As well as causing unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and their families, these adverse events prolong hospital stays and are costly to the health system. This publication addresses the issue and provides recommendations that outline the critical aspects of infection prevention and control in the hospital setting.

CDC Healthcare-associated Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthcare-associated Infections page provides campaigns and guidelines on the prevention of infections related to healthcare, antibiotic resistance and more.

CDC Injury, Violence & Safety

The Centers for Disease Control Injury, Violence and Safety page provides Information on a vast range of topics such as child abuse, drowning, falls, violence, poisoning and more.

Medscape News – Adverse Drug Event Reporting News (free registration required)

Medscape News includes summaries related to adverse drug events.

Medscape Education – Adverse Drug Events Reporting CME Learning Center (free registration required)

Medscape Education has continuing medical education content pertinent to adverse drug events.

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