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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.

Latest Toolkits

Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2022.

Healthcare-associated infections can result in significant morbidity and mortality. Developed by AHRQ, this customizable, educational toolkit uses the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and other evidence-based practices to provide clinical and cultural guidance to support practice changes to prevent and reduce central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates in intensive care units (ICUs). Sections of the kit include items such an action plan template, implementation playbook, and team interaction aids.

Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; March 2022. 

The recognition of diagnosis as a team activity is energizing new diagnostic process initiatives. Building on the established TeamSTEPPS® principles, this new TeamSTEPPS course includes seven training modules, team and knowledge assessment tools, and implementation guidance to develop or enhance communication across the care team to improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis.
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Joint Commission.
This website provides sentinel event data reported to The Joint Commission, which includes information on 1197 sentinel events reported in 2021 through the end of December. Unintended retained foreign bodies, falls and wrong–patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedures were the most frequently submitted incidents in this time period. The data and graphs are updated regularly and include specific analysis associated with event type by year from 1995 through the fourth quarter of 2021.

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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. 

Child Health Patient Safety Organization. Washington DC: Children's Hospital Association; May 2020.

Effective communication is an important component of diagnostic accuracy. Shaped with data collected by a patient safety organization, this five section toolkit features tactics to support effective communication across diagnostic process in children’s hospital care, including the use of time outs, case analysis and communication gap assessment.
Center for Health Design. Concord, CA: Center for Health Design; 2018.
Behavioral and mental health patients have unique concerns that affect their safety. This toolkit provides strategies, insights, and research to address vulnerabilities to this patient population. Design interventions to improve the service environment are also available.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices; ISMP.
Mistakes associated with look-alike medication names are a safety concern in health care. Tall Man lettering is one recommended strategy to reduce confusion associated with similarities in drug names. This list includes medications recognized by clinicians and professional organizations as those suited for the application of Tall Man lettering to make their use safer.
Chicago, IL: American Hospital Association, Health Research & Educational Trust; 2016.
Checklists are a recommended method to reduce omissions in care, despite controversies regarding their impact on safety. This toolkit provides a collection of checklists that have been developed and field tested by participants in the Hospital Engagement Network to prevent harm associated with the use of central lines, adverse drug events, and falls.
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Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare; TST.
Patient falls are preventable and can be addressed through quality and safety strategies. This toolkit provides a process to help health care organizations determine factors that contribute to falls in their facilities and design interventions to drive improvement.
Canadian Patient Safety Institute; CPSI.
Engaging patients and families in safety can uncover concerns and inform improvement efforts. This three-component toolkit provides resources that focus on incident management, patient safety management, and system factors to prevent and respond to failures or near misses.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ.
Health care–associated infections are a known contributor to adverse events among patients on dialysis. Building on evidence and insights from clinicians, this four-part toolkit includes videos, assessment tools, and slide presentations regarding how to apply principles of teamwork, patient engagement, and safety culture to ensure dialysis centers provide safe care to patients with end-stage renal disease.
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists; NACNS.
Alarm fatigue has been identified as a serious problem that affects the safety of nursing care. This toolkit provides checklists, resources, and implementation guidance to help clinical nurse specialists develop and lead alarm management programs with the goal of reducing fatigue and distraction related to nuisance alarms.
Government Resource

Washington, DC: US Department of Defense, Patient Safety Program.  

This toolkit provides a checklist, a planning guide, and other tools to help address disruptive staff behavior.
Washington State Hospital Association; WSHA
This Web site provides toolkits and information to help Washington hospitals adopt standard practices for emergency code calls, surgery preparation, isolation precautions, and wristband use.
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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.
This set of materials provides checklists, worksheets, and other aids to help implement a reliable critical test result communication program. A previous AHRQ WebM&M commentary addressed the issue of communication surrounding critical laboratory values. 
Produced in conjunction with its Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS) grant program, AHRQ has released 17 freely available toolkits to help hospitals and health care providers reduce medical errors. Along with educational materials, the toolkits include medication guides and checklists, all of which are adaptable to most health care settings and designed for use by multidisciplinary teams.
Colorado Foundation for Medical Care; CFMC; Colorado Hospital Association; CHA; Western Alliance for Patient Safety; WRAPS.
This website offers information and a toolkit regarding standardizing the colors of wristbands, stickers, and placards to signify risk alert status for hospital-based patient care.
National Center for Patient Safety; NCPS
These materials provide an introduction to the purpose of healthcare failure mode and effect analysis (HFMEA), the steps of the HFMEA process, and how to apply the technique to address the Joint Commission proactive risk assessment standard.