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AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet) features a collection of the latest news and resources on patient safety, innovations and toolkits, opportunities for free CME and trainings. The platform provides powerful searching and browsing capability, as well as the ability for users to customize the site around their interests (My Profile).

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July 17, 2024 Weekly Issue

PSNet highlights the latest patient safety literature, news, and expert commentary, including Weekly Updates, WebM&M, and Perspectives on Safety.

Meer A, Rahm P, Schwendinger M, et al. J Med Internet Res. 2024;26:e58157.
Patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) are triaged to prioritize care based on level of illness. In this study, 2,543 patients presenting to an ED in Switzerland were asked to self-triage using an electronic symptom-checker. (Patients were triaged and treated based on standard-of-care nurse triage.) Recommendations were given regarding time to treat (e.g., emergency) and point-of-care (e.g....
Scott J, Sykes K, Waring J, et al. J Adv Nurs. 2024;Epub Jun 19.
Incident reporting systems are commonly used to detect threats to patient safety. This systematic review of 106 studies examined the characteristics of incident reporting processes in residential care facilities and nursing homes in high-income countries. The authors summarize how incidents are detected; common contributing, mitigating, and ameliorating factors; as well as actions and interventions to...
White AT, Vaughn VM, Petty LA, et al. Clin Infect Dis. 2024;78:1403-1411.
Misdiagnosis of infections can lead to overuse of antibiotics and threaten patient safety. This article describes the development of two National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measures of inappropriate diagnosis of urinary tract infection (UTI) and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Both measures demonstrated strong validity and reliability through testing with patient focus groups and case review....
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Training and Education

Update Date: July 10, 2024

WebM&M Case Studies & Spotlight Cases

WebM&M (Morbidity & Mortality Rounds on the Web) features expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously by our readers. Spotlight Cases include interactive learning modules available for CME. Commentaries are written by patient safety experts and published monthly. Contribute by Submitting a Case anonymously.

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Health Service Journal. September 16-17, 2024. Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester UK.

Improvement Resources

The Patient Safety Innovations Exchange highlights important innovations that can lead to improvements in patient safety.


Toolkits provide practical applications of PSNet research and concepts for front line providers to use in their day to day work.

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