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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.

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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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ.
This guide provides patients with information they need to care for themselves after leaving the hospital. The tool was developed based on findings from the AHRQ-funded initiative Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), which showed that patient-centered discharge planning can improve patient safety and reduce re-hospitalization rates.
Brega AG; Barnard J; Mabachi NM; Weiss BD; DeWalt DA; Brach C; Cifuentes M; Albright K; West DR; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ; North Carolina Network Consortium; The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This updated AHRQ toolkit provides resources for primary care practices to ensure proper health literacy assessment and to promote greater understanding for all patients. The second edition includes methods to assess written patient education materials for ease of use, simplify the referrals process, and identify barriers to improving health literacy awareness.
WHO Patient Safety; World Health Organization.
To support patient safety work, this Web site shares information and measurement tools for organizations to assess human factors in the context of teams, individuals, and systems.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) represent quality measures that make use of a hospital's available administrative data. The Pediatric Quality Indicators focus on quality of care inside hospitals and identify potentially avoidable hospitalizations among children.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2020.
Challenges to establishing and sustaining a safety culture in a nursing home include insufficient staffing and a tendency to blame individuals for problems. This website hosts the AHRQ survey for nursing homes along with additional materials to assist organizations in using the management tool effectively. It includes a user's guide that explains how to conduct a survey on patient safety in a nursing home and report the results. The resource provides guidance on topics such as data collection, data organization, survey forms, and nursing home staff selection. 
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World Health Organization.
This initiative provides a surgical safety checklist and related educational and training materials building on the Second Global Patient Safety Challenge vision to encourage international adoption of a core set of safety standards. Implementation of this World Health Organization’s checklist has resulted in dramatic reductions in surgical mortality and complications across diverse international hospitals. Surgical checklists have now become one of the clearest success stories in the patient safety movement, although some have described challenges to effective implementation. Dr. Atul Gawande discussed the history of checklists as a quality and safety tool in his book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.