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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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Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2022.  AHRQ Publication No. 22-0038.

Diagnostic improvement continues to gain focus as a goal in health care. The Measure Dx tool provides teams with guidance and strategies to detect and learn from diagnostic errors in their organizations. It includes a checklist to gauge readiness for implementation, measurement strategies, and recommendations for analyzing data and translating findings into front line care. 

Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Quality and Research; June 2022.

The potential for workplace violence degrades patient and staff safety. AHRQ is developing a survey item set that will help nursing homes identify and improve factors associated with workplace safety. The Workplace Safety Supplemental Item Set will assess the extent to which nursing homes’ organizational culture supports workplace safety. The new supplemental item set can be administered optionally at the end of the SOPS Nursing Home Survey. AHRQ will build this new measure of workplace safety upon its existing and highly successful SOPS program. This announcement calls for nursing homes to participate in a pilot study to test the application of the supplemental item set in the field.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Effective measurement of diagnostic error is essential for understanding the problem and generating improvements. The Common Formats provide a standard terminology for voluntary reporting of diagnostic errors to patient safety organizations. This website provides access to tools supporting use of the Common Formats that include forms and a users' guide.

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.

All Toolkits (13)

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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.
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.
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.