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Classics and Emerging Classics

To help our readers navigate the tremendous breadth of the PSNet Collection, AHRQ PSNet editors and advisors have given the designation of “Classic” to review articles, empirical studies, government and stakeholder reports, commentaries, and books of lasting importance to the patient safety field. These items have the potential to impact how providers approach care practice and are regularly referenced in the literature. More information on the selection process.


The “Emerging Classics” designation identifies those resources that may not have met the level of a “Classic” yet due to limited citation in the published literature or in the level of impact/contribution to the environment, but these are resources which our patient safety subject matter experts believe have the potential to drive change in the field.

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Huang SS, Septimus E, Kleinman K, et al. N Engl J Med. 2013;368.

Healthcare associated infection is a leading cause of preventable illness and death. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a virulent, multi-drug resistant infection increasingly seen across healthcare settings. This pragmatic,... Read More

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Battles JB, Kaplan HS, Van der Schaaf TW, et al. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1998;122:231-8.
This article describes an effort to design, develop, and implement a medical event reporting system for transfusion medicine-related incidents and errors. Using a combination of methods, a working prototype went into use with seven distinct components, including detection, selection, description, classification, interpretation, and local evaluation. The authors conclude that developing event-reporting systems can help organizations address systems issues, while input from end users drives both the model and the necessary improvements.