Patient Safety Primers


Patient Safety Primers


Patient Safety Primers are guides for health care professionals on safety ideas to put into action in hospitals and health care settings. Each tool refers to a specific topic and provides detailed background information as well as current resources and links.

The topics available include:

  • Safety target
    • Adverse events after hospital discharge
    • Diagnostic errors
    • Disruptive and unprofessional behavior
    • Handoffs and signouts
    • Health care–associated infections
  • Error types
    • Adverse events after hospital discharge
    • Never events
  • Approach to improving safety
    • Checklists
    • Computerized provider order entry
    • Error disclosure
    • Handoffs and signouts
    • Medication reconciliation
    • Never events
    • Rapid response systems
    • Root cause analysis
    • Safety culture
    • Teamwork training
    • Voluntary patient safety event reporting (incident reporting)
  • Setting of care
    • Patient safety in ambulatory care


University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2005
Original Summary: March 2010
Last Updated: 07/03/13

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