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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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Washington DC; VA Office of the Inspector General; October 31, 2023; Report no. 22-03599-07.

Disclosure failures detract from learning, appropriate incident examination, and safe care delivery. This report examined factors contributing to poor disclosure practices associated with the care of three patients. Lack of report submission, uninitiated root cause analysis, and inadequate documentation were process weaknesses highlighted by the review. 
Office of Health Care Quality. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
This annual report summarizes never events in Maryland hospitals over the previous year. During fiscal year 2022, reported events increased due to the COVID pandemic, workforce shortages and other system demands. Events contributing to patient deaths and severe harm from preventable medical errors during the time period doubled. The authors recommend several corrective actions to enhance improvement work, including board and executive leadership engagement in safety work and application of high-reliability concepts to enhance safety culture.

Yurkiewicz I. New York, NY: WW Norton & Company, Inc; 2023. ISBN: 9780393881196.

Disjointed health care processes contribute to missed test results, incomplete communication, and care omissions that harm patients. This book shares a personal account of how broken care processes serve as a core deterrent in one clinician’s ability to provide the safest care possible.

Peterson M. Los Angeles Times. September 5, 2023.

Safe practice in community pharmacy is challenged by production pressure, workforce shortages, and multitasking. This story examined the mistakes made at major retail pharmacy chains in California. It provides examples perpetrated across the industry to target universal areas of needed improvement and potential strategies to address them.

Farnborough, UK: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; August 2023.

Handoffs between prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers and hospital emergency departments (EDs) can be suboptimal, which increases patient harm potential. This report examines National Health Service discharge delays. It suggests a systemic approach is needed to address flow and capacity factors that contribute to ineffective and unsafe interfacility discharge and transfer.

West S. KFF Health News. August 24, 2023.

The challenge of unsafe maternal care is gaining deserved attention across the system spectrum. This article discusses the preventative nature of many barriers to safe care Black mothers face including lack of health insurance, limited access to prenatal care and disrespect for concerns during care encounters.

Manchester, UK: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; June 2023. ISBN: 9781528642446.

Lack of accountability for systemic contributions to failure degrades efforts to generate improvement. This report discusses gaps in the British National Health Service patient safety culture. It calls for governmental oversight and commitment as the central activation lever necessary to achieve collective, coordinated effort and motivate large-scale action to support lasting change.

Santhosh L, Cornell E, Rojas JC, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; June 2023. AHRQ Publication No. 23-0040-1-EF.

Care transitions present opportunities for errors. This issue brief highlights the risk of diagnostic errors during transitions in care, such as from the emergency department to the inpatient floor or from inpatient to outpatient care. The brief describes strategies to prevent and reduce these errors, such as diagnostic feedback or structured handoff tools.

Chicago, IL: American Hospital Association: May 2023.

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are a common complication of hospital care. This report summarizes lessons learned at a series of infection prevention and control listening sessions. Challenges, opportunities for improvement, and impacts of COVID-19, both positive and negative, are presented.

Farnborough, UK: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; April 2023.

Gaps in patient information processes can result in missed care opportunities that contribute to harm. This report examines language discordance in National Health Service written scheduling communications and its contribution to patients being lost to follow up. The primary improvement recommendation is to enhance the ability of providers to recognize primary languages of patients and provide written instructions accordingly.

Massachusetts Protection and Advocacy. Boston, MA:  Disability Law Center; May 8, 2023.

Behavioral health patients present unique challenges in their care that can contribute to unintended harm. The analysis examines a delayed diagnosis, referral, and treatment of skin cancer that contributed to the death of a patient. Suggestions for improvement included conducting a root cause analysis to identify systemic problems, use of photography to track skin lesion progression, and implementation of a warm handoff process to improve staff communication.

Gillispie-Bell V. USA Today. April 14, 2023.

Structural racism and implicit biases can lead to poor quality of care and adverse outcomes among Black women. This article describes the experience of a Black OB/GYN patient whose concerns about abdominal pain during her pregnancy were not thoroughly evaluated; clinicians also missed risk factors placing her at risk of spontaneous preterm birth.

DePeau-Wilson M. MedPage Today. January 13, 2023.

The use of anesthesia in ambulatory settings presents both advantage and risk to patients and clinicians. This article discusses evidence defining these issues. It suggests that improved collaboration with anesthesiologists represents opportunities for nonoperating room anesthesia safety.
Department of Health and Aged Care. Canberra ACT: Commonwealth of Australia; 2022. ISBN 978-1-76007-471-5.
Originally published in 2005, these Guiding Principles outlines 10 guiding principles to support medication management as patients transfer from one care environment to another, both within one care setting (e.g., hospital) and between care settings (e.g., hospital to long term care). The Guiding Principles are person centered, equity, and coordination and collaboration.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute care edition. October 6, 2022;27(20):1-5.

Patient resuscitation is a complex, distinct, team activity that can be prone to error. Pharmacists involved in codes reported concerns including errors with high-alert medications and communication gaps. Improvement recommendations focused on preparation for, actions during and post code phrases which included standardizing the practice of including pharmacists in codes, simulation, and regular debriefing.

Washington, DC: VA Office of the Inspector General; September 15, 2022. Report no. 22-00815-232.

Care coordination failures reduce the effectiveness of communication, information transfer, and patient monitoring to the determent of safety. This report examines the current state of interfacility transfers in 45 veteran facilities to find that, while process requirements were basically met, improvements could be made to medication list transfer, nursing communication, and general service evaluation.