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Guides for key topics in patient safety through context, epidemiology, and relevant AHRQ PSNet content. The Patient Safety 101 Primer provides an overview of the patient safety field and covers key definitions and concepts.

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Vanessa McElroy, MSN, PHN, ACM-RN, IQCI, Ron Billano Ordona, DNP, FNP-BC, GS-C, and Deb Bakerjian, PhD, APRN, FAAN, FAANP, FGSA |

Post-acute transitions – which involve patients being discharged from the hospital to home-based or community care environments – are associated with patient safety risks, often due to poor communication and fragmented care. This primer outlines the... Read More

Ulfat Shaikh, MD, MPH, MS |

This primer provides a broad overview of three widely used tools for investigating and responding to patient safety events and near misses. Tools covered in this primer are incident reporting systems, Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and Failure Modes and... Read More

Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD; Yan Xiao, PhD, MS; Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD, MSBA (CIS); Amy Franklin, PhD; Gregory Olsen, DDS, MSc; Muhammad F. Walji, PhD |

This publication serves as an update to the PSNet Primer released in August 2020. This content describes the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which effectively shut down the practices of approximately 198,000 active dental... Read More

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Unintended inconsistencies in medication regimens occur with any transition in care. Medication reconciliation refers to the process of avoiding such inadvertent inconsistencies by reviewing the patient's current medication regimen and comparing it with the regimen being considered for the new setting of care.