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Patient safety toolkits provide practical applications of PSNet research and concepts for front line providers to use in their day to day work. These toolkits contain resources necessary to implement patient safety systems and protocols.

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National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health. Manchester, UK: University of Manchester; May 31, 2021

System failures require multifactorial assessment to install targeted improvements. This toolkit examines 10 areas of focus for organizations to assess the safety of mental health services in emergent and primary care settings to minimize patient suicide and self-harm. Areas of focus include post-discharge follow-up, admissions, and family engagement.
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Betsy Lehman Center. September 2021.

Clinicians involved in adverse events that harm patients can struggle to come to terms with error. This toolkit is designed to assist organizations in the development of initiatives to support clinicians and staff after an adverse event. Areas of focus include leadership buy-in, policy development, and training. An implementation guide is also provided.

Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2021. AHRQ Publication No. 21-0047-2-EF.

Patient and family engagement is core to effective and safe diagnosis. This new toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality promotes two strategies to promote meaningful engagement and communication with patients to improve diagnostic safety: (1) a patient note sheet to help patients share their story and symptoms and (2) orientation steps to support clinicians listening and “presence” during care encounters.

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Chicago, IL: American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust, Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2002.
This tool provides a model strategic plan that health care leaders can adapt to their own institutions. It includes a number of strategies aimed at staff, management, and the board for communicating and sustaining a culture of safety.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ.
In fiscal year 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded nearly $4 million in Patient Safety Challenge Grants to support 13 new practice implementation projects. AHRQ challenged the health care community and other organizations to develop innovative solutions for the harm resulting from medical errors. The tools and procedures that emerged from these projects advanced the translation of research into clinical practice to support the agency's commitment to a medical culture grounded in safety and quality.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Developed by the Systems Issues Working Group of the National Steering Committee on Patient Safety, the dictionary represents an effort to establish common language and understanding of the terms that are central to patient safety.