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Web Resource > Government Resource
Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This Web site provides information about government initiatives to research and prevent health care–associated infections.
Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency: A Guide For Hospitals.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 12-0041.
Maurer M, Dardess P, Carman KL, Frazier K, Smeeding L. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 12-0042-EF.
This report describes the state of currently available resources to promote patient and family engagement in their health care.
CDC Vital Signs. March 2012:1-4.
This newsletter article and accompanying set of infographics describes strategies to help patients and health care providers prevent health care–associated infections.
Journal Article > Study
How active resisters and organizational constipators affect health care–acquired infection prevention efforts.
Saint S, Kowalski CP, Banaszak-Holl J, Forman J, Damschroder L, Krein SL. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009;35:239-246.
This study uses qualitative methods—and biting humor—to vividly illustrate how building a culture of safety often requires identifying and dealing with individuals who are resistant to change.
Journal Article > Study
Sharek PJ, McClead RE Jr, Taketomo C, et al. Pediatrics. 2008;122:e861-e866.
This AHRQ-funded study describes the implementation of an Institute for Healthcare Improvement–style quality improvement collaborative aimed at reducing narcotic-related adverse drug events (ADEs). Fourteen participating hospitals adopted a series of recommended interventions while tracking ADE rates in a pre- and postintervention study design. Investigators discovered a 67% reduction in narcotic-related ADE rates, and also noted decreased rates of constipation and automated drug-dispensing overrides in patients receiving narcotic therapy. The authors point out several limitations to the study, including the inability to measure compliance with the intended change packages at each hospital. This study provides a nice example of the challenges in evaluating multifaceted quality improvement interventions despite its successful outcomes.