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.
The perioperative setting is a high-risk area for medication errors, should they occur. This assessment provides hospitals and outpatient surgical providers a tool to examine their medication use processes and share data nationwide for comparison. Organizational participation can identify strengths and gaps in their systems to design opportunities that prevent patient harm. The deadline for submitting data is February 11, 2022.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2021.
AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS®) ask health care providers and staff about the extent to which their organizational culture supports patient safety. The release of the Workplace Safety supplemental items for use in conjunction with the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture™ helps hospitals assess how their workplace culture supports workplace safety for providers and staff. Included with the data set is a report of the pilot test of the finding. You can learn more about the supplemental items and can register for a webcast introducing the Workplace Safety items here: Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS®) | Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ahrq.gov)
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.
AHA Physician Alliance. Chicago, IL: American Hospital Association. February 2021.
Human factors engineering approaches improve safety, efficiency, and effectiveness in both normal and challenging times. This tool shares a human-factors structured approach to improving technology integration and adaptation into work processes to reduce burnout and its negative effects on worker and clinician wellbeing.
Krukas A, Franklin ES, Bonk C, et al. Patient Safety. 2020;2.
Intravenous vancomycin is an antibiotic with known medication safety risk factors. This assessment is designed to assist organizations to review clinician and organizational knowledge, medication administration activities and health information technology as a risk management strategy to minimize hazards associated with vancomycin use.
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2020.
This updated report outlines 16 consensus-based best practices to ensure safe medication administration, such as diluted solutions of vincristine in minibags and standardized metrics for patient weight. The set of recommended practices has been reviewed and updated every two years since it was first developed in 2014 to include actions related to eliminating the prescribing of fentanyl patches for acute pain and use of information about medication safety risks from other organizations to motivate improvement efforts. The 2020 update includes new practices that are associated with opioids and automated dispensing cabinet overrides. ISMP is currently seeking insights as to the implementation of the current best practices. Survey responses are due by July 30, 2021.
Inadequate follow-up of test results can contribute to missed and delayed diagnoses. Developing optimal test result management systems is essential for closing the loop so that results can be acted upon in a timely manner. The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety convened a working group to identify how technology can be used to facilitate improved communication and timely action regarding test results. This report summarizes the methods used by the working group and their findings. Recommendations include improving communication by standardizing the format of test results, including required timing for diagnostic testing responses, automating the notification process in electronic health records, and optimizing alerts to reduce alert fatigue. A past WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving ambulatory test result management.
Texting as a communication method in the clinical environment is convenient, but it introduces distraction that can result in error. This survey sought to track the prevalence of medical order texting to better understand its impact on care processes.
Philadelphia, PA: Pew Charitable Trusts; September 6, 2016.
The usability of electronic health record (EHR) systems can affect clinicians' ability to provide safe patient care. This fact sheet summarizes the results of a stakeholder meeting that explored usability problems and identified three improvement strategies that focused on effective testing, user assessment of EHR safety, and sharing of lessons learned.
Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. Plymouth Meeting, PA: ECRI; February 2016.
Electronic health records have potential to improve health care, but they may also introduce unanticipated risks. This report describes the results of a group convened to explore strategies to enhance health IT safety. Focusing on copying and pasting health data from one record to another as the first area of concern, the report recommends enabling systems to identify what data has been copied in the electronic health record and where it came from, providing training to ensure the safe use of copy and paste, and regularly track and assess copying and pasting practices. The report includes tools to related to the recommendations. A WebM&M commentary explores the hazards associated with the use of copy and paste.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators use hospital admissions data to screen for potential quality lapses on conditions that generally don't require hospitalization if managed effectively at the primary care level.
To assess important safety features of pharmacy computer systems, this online survey asks respondents to test examples of "unsafe orders" and report how their computer system handles them. Completed surveys were due to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices by July 22, 2005 and a link to the results is provided.
American Hospital Association; Health Research and Educational Trust; Institute for Safe Medication Practices
A compendium of risk assessment tools to assist in the prevention of medication errors. The tools emphasize the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to managing risk with key sections focusing on physicians, nurses, pharmacists, risk managers, and administrators.
This fact sheet on medical errors provides information based on current research. Patients at risk, types of medical errors, and ways to improve and promote patient safety are discussed. References to programs and publications on medical errors and patient safety are provided.
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