Improvement Resources Overview
Patient Safety Innovations highlight important innovations that can lead to improvements in patient safety, while Toolkits provide the practical applications of PSNet research and concepts for front line providers to use in their day to day work. Together these support the implementation of products, services, processes, systems, policies, organizational structures, or business models designed to make care safer.
The Patient Safety Innovations Exchange highlights important innovations that can lead to improvements in patient safety. It is based on AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange, which shares many health care innovations, including those that improve patient safety. While available for anyone to search, the Health Care Innovations Exchange has not had new content added since 2016. In order to preserve and update some of the patient safety content on the Health Care Innovations Exchange, select innovations are now being integrated with PSNet. Innovations are defined as “the implementation of new or altered products, services, processes, systems, policies, organizational structures, or business models that aim to improve one or more domains of health care quality or reduce health care disparities.”
Adverse events resulting from medications are a common occurrence that often go undetected, unreported, and unaddressed.1 The impact of outpatient adverse drug events (ADEs) on patients and health systems is substantial. ADEs result in... Read More
Medical errors (all errors in medicine), harmful errors (medical errors that specifically lead to patient harm), and adverse events (harms due... Read More
Addressing diagnostic errors to improve outcomes and patient safety has long been a problem in the US healthcare system.1 Many methods of reducing diagnostic error focus on individual factors and... Read More
Concern over patient safety issues associated with inadequate tracking of test results has grown over the last decade, as it can lead to delays in the recognition of abnormal test results and the absence of a tracking system to... Read More
Patient safety toolkits provide practical applications of PSNet research and concepts for front line providers to use in their day to day work. These toolkits contain resources necessary to implement patient safety systems and protocols.