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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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St Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health.
The National Quality Forum has defined 29 never events—patient safety problems that should never occur, such as wrong-site surgery and patient falls. Since 2003, Minnesota hospitals have been required to report such incidents. The 2021 report summarizes information about 508 adverse events that were reported, representing a significant increase in the year covered. Earlier reports document a fairly consistent count of adverse events. The rise reflected here is likely due to demands on staffing and care processes associated with COVID-19. Pressure ulcers and fall-related injuries were the most common incidents documented. Reports from previous years are available.

Farnborough, UK; Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; May 26, 2022.

Surgical equipment sterilization can be hampered by equipment design, production pressures, process complexity and policy misalignment. This report examines a case of unclean surgical instrument use. It recommends external sterile service assessment and competency review as steps toward improving the reliability of instrument decontamination processes in the National Health Service.
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...

Famolaro T, Hare R, Tapia A, Yount et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2021. AHRQ Publication No. 22-0004.

Ambulatory surgery centers harbor unique characteristics that affect safety culture. This analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shares results of 235 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) participating in the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey. Most respondents (92%) rated their organization as committed to learning and continuous improvement.

Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. Fed Register. August 31, 2021;86:48703-48705.

This announcement calls for public comment on the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to launch the Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture Database data collection process. The comment period is closed.

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.

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association and the Northwestern University Department of Dermatology.

Voluntary reporting systems collect adverse event data to inform improvement and education efforts. This site provides a platform for physicians and their staff to submit adverse experiences associated with dermatologic surgery equipment, medications or biologics.

MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration. June 2, 2020.

Neuromuscular blocking agents are high alert medications that can severely harm patients if used incorrectly. This announcement alerts clinicians to the absence of warning statements on two types of paralyzing agents, as well as to steps to minimize mistaken use.

Famolaro T, Hare R, Thornton S, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2020. AHRQ Publication No. 20-0016.

The latest publication from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports results of 282 ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) participating in the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey. The majority of respondents (86%) rated their organization’s overall safety rating as excellent or very good.
Washington, DC: Office of the Inspector General; September 2019. Report No. OEI-01-15-00400.
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) play an increasing role in complex surgical care, but methods to assure patients are safe in these environments are unreliable. This report found that Medicare surveys to assess ASC quality and safety concerns were not done or the results identifying problems were often unheeded. The lack of review and follow-up exposed patients to health-care associated infections, lack of medication oversight and poor pre-operative assessment. 
Health Research & Educational Trust. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2017. AHRQ Publication No. 16(17)-0019-1-EF.
This report provides information about a national program focused on improving safety in ambulatory surgery. The initiative included surgical safety checklists, webinars, and other tools, with the goal of enhancing safety culture and reducing surgical site infections.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. July 15, 2015.
Ambulatory surgery centers have been the focus of patient safety concerns due to high-profile incidents of harm. This webinar highlighted the AHRQ AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS®) Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey, results of its pilot test, and insights from ambulatory surgery centers using the survey.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; AAOS.
Patient engagement is a promising strategy for error reduction and has become a priority of influential regulatory and governmental organizations. This Web site offers tips to help patients improve their safety, including bringing a friend or family member to appointments, asking questions prior to surgery, and keeping an accurate medication list.
Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services; Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
This Web site provides information about Maine's statewide incident reporting initiative and includes annual sentinel event reports.