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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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Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; April 5, 2022.

The challenge of medical device sterilization has shifted the design of some products with disposable elements in order to reduce opportunities for human error that increase infection potential during reuse. The publication supports the complete adoption of disposable duodenoscopes or scope components as a safety measure.
Curated Libraries
January 14, 2022
The medication-use process is highly complex with many steps and risk points for error, and those errors are a key target for improving safety. This Library reflects a curated selection of PSNet content focused on medication and drug errors. Included resources explore understanding harms from preventable medication use, medication safety...

MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; October 12, 2021.

This announcement highlights the possibility of medication administration inaccuracy due to design characteristics of a low dose tip (LDT) syringe. Recommended cleaning methods and other actions for patients, families and clinicians are provided to protect dose precision when using these syringes.
US Food and Drug Administration. October 7, 2021.
Errors of commission during complex procedures can contribute to patient harm. Drawing from an analysis of medical device reports submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, this updated announcement seeks to raise awareness of common adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable staples. User-related problems include opening of the staple line, misapplied staples, and staple gun difficulties. Recommendations include ensuring availability of various staple sizes and avoiding use of staples on large blood vessels.
Ottawa, ON: Canadian Patient Safety Institute; 2008.
This initative defines competency domains for safe health care and outlines educational practices to achieve them. The 2nd edition of the Patient Safety Competencies was released in 2020. 

Farnborough, UK: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; September 9, 2021.

In-depth failure investigations provide improvement insights for individuals and organizations alike. This report analyzes a collection of UK National Health Service incident examinations and provides recommendations for improvement on themes related to care transitions and access, decision making, communication, and point-of-care activity.
Curated Libraries
September 13, 2021
Ensuring maternal safety is a patient safety priority. This library reflects a curated selection of PSNet content focused on improving maternal safety. Included resources explore strategies with the potential to improve maternal care delivery and outcomes, such as high reliability, collaborative initiatives, teamwork, and trigger tools.

MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; August 20, 2021.

Delays in treatment due to device misuse or design flaws can result in patient harm. This recall announcement highlights the omission of instructions describing a distinct device feature that, if a surgeon is unaware of it, reduces emergent umbilical vein catheter placement safety. Two deaths have been reported due to problems with the device.

Farnborough, UK: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; June 3, 2021.

Wrong site/wrong patent surgery is a persistent healthcare never event. This report examines National Health Service (NHS) reporting data to identify how ambulatory patient identification errors contribute to wrong patient care. The authors recommend that the NHS use human factors methods to design control processes to target and manage the risks in the outpatient environment such as lack of technology integration, shared waiting area space, and reliance on verbal communication at clinic.

Farnborough, UK: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; January 2021. 

 

Never events provide organizations with motivation to analyze and learn from errors due to their catastrophic nature. This National Learning Report provides a thematic examination of never events in the National Health Service (NHS). The report found misattribution of incidents as never events in the NHS due to lack of systemic factors as contributors to those events. A revision of the NHS never events list is recommended. 

MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; January 15, 2021. 

Vinca alkaloid misadministration is a persistent problem that results in patient harm and death. This alert raises awareness of label changes that aim to mitigate accidental spinal administration of the high-alert chemotherapy agent by supporting infusion bag administration only. 

Zwaan L, Staal J. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2020. AHRQ Publication No. 20-0040-3-EF.

Checklists are considered a promising intervention to improve diagnosis because they can support clinical decision-making by ensuring that correct diagnostic steps are taken and that all possible diagnoses are not overlooked. This issue brief outlines how checklists have unachieved potential in clinical practice and their use can further guide decision-making and assure completeness of the diagnostic process. It is part of a series on diagnostic safety.

US Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, & Information Exchange; US Health and Human Services/FEMA COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Task Force. June 2, 2020.

Health systems are rapidly adjusting processes to successfully respond to COVID-19 crisis demands. This webinar featured tactics used and discussed initiative results to inform continued improvement. The speaker roster included Jeff Brady, MD and Rollin (Terry) Fairbanks, MD.  
NHS Improvement. July 2, 2019.
The United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) has been at the forefront of patient safety innovation. This strategy seeks to further implement approaches that explore and optimize the intersection of systems and human behaviors to support safe care at the NHS. The framework builds upon the perspectives of patients, staff, and organizations to achieve whole system improvement and sustain those changes through effective intervention and program design.
Patient Safety Learning.
This website shares system-focused approaches to enhance patient safety. The organization offers white papers, an annual conference, and a social media portal to enable knowledge and evidence sharing among a wide range of health care stakeholders.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Paris, France: OECD Publishing; 2019. ISBN: 978926474260.
The overprescribing of prescription opioids heightens the likelihood of opioid dependence and harm. This report shares data from 25 countries to provide a baseline for the current crisis. The publication illustrates the complexity of the opioid epidemic and suggests that system-focused multisector strategies are required to address the problem.

Farnborough, UK; Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch: April 2019.

Wrong route medication administration is a never event. This report examined the context, organizational and human factors that contributed to the accidental intravenous administration of an oral solution into a pediatric patient. Safety recommendations include medication safety training, standardized administration processes, and elevation of the medication safety officer role. 
Center for Health Design. Concord, CA: Center for Health Design; 2018.
Behavioral and mental health patients have unique concerns that affect their safety. This toolkit provides strategies, insights, and research to address vulnerabilities to this patient population. Design interventions to improve the service environment are also available.