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The AHRQ PSNet Collection 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. Resources are identified using the National Library of Medicine’s Medline database, various news and content aggregators, and the expertise of the AHRQ PSNet editorial and technical teams.

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McComb SA, Lemaster M, Henneman EA, et al. J Patient Saf. 2017;13:237-242.
… … J Patient Saf … Interprofessional collaboration is a cornerstone of safe patient care. Researchers surveyed … the other profession when compared to their own. Fostering a shared mental model and mutual trust are core components of …
Kane-Gill SL, Dasta JF, Buckley MS, et al. Crit Care Med. 2017;45:e877-e915.
Although technology has helped decrease medication errors, adverse drug events remain a significant source of harm. Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) may be particularly vulnerable to medication errors due to the complex nature of their care. Prior research has shown that medication errors occur more frequently in the ICU and are more likely to cause serious patient harm or death. This clinical practice guideline highlights environmental changes and prevention strategies that can be employed to improve medication safety in the ICU. The authors also describe components of active surveillance that may augment detection of medication errors and adverse drug events. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving a serious medication error in the ICU setting.
Gazarian PK, Henneman EA, Chandler GE. Clin Nurs Res. 2010;19:21-37.
This qualitative study explored the cues that nurses use to determine when a patient's clinical condition is worsening, with specific attention to factors influencing nurses' decisions to obtain assistance from the rapid response team or call a "code blue." Rather than relying on specific vital sign abnormalities, nurses relied on a combination of clinical findings (such as altered mental status), help from other experienced nurses, and their prior knowledge of the patient's baseline condition to determine when urgent physician assessment was needed. The study reveals the importance of a positive safety culture in ensuring that frontline staff feel empowered to enlist additional help when necessary.
Henneman EA. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2009;20:128-132.
… the scope of the term patient safety technology and uses a case study to illustrate that sometimes simple … solutions can greatly improve patient safety. … Henneman EA. Patient safety and technology.  AACN Adv Crit …
WebM&M Case May 1, 2007
A young woman with Takayasu's arteritis, a vascular condition that can cause BP differences in each arm, was mistakenly placed on a powerful intravenous vasopressor because of a spurious low BP reading. The medication could have led to serious complications.