Updated daily. Check out our Public PubMed Collection with a selection of the most recent free guidelines and review articles pertinent to Patient 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Supplement from the Annals of Internal Medicine issued in 2013 including systematic reviews of 10 key 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 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.
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 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! is promoted by The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and provides a series of practical tools for improving quality and patient safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.