Ambulatory Patient Safety Toolkit


Ambulatory Patient Safety Toolkit


These 11 assessment tools and project summaries were developed to help medical providers evaluate their offices’ practices in identified structural and process measures that relate to patient safety. The 40-page toolkit provides brief narratives describing how participants in a mini-collaborative of seven regional sites used the tools to improve patient safety. This tool was developed by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for the Safety Collaborative for the OutPatient Environment (SCOPE), a demonstration project to support improvements in patient safety in the ambulatory health care setting.

The toolkit describes the following tools:

  • Accurate and complete medication list
  • Allergy documentation toolkit
  • Prescription writing toolkit
  • Potassium chloride vials for infusions toolkit
  • Error reporting toolkit
  • Warning labels toolkit for look alike, sound alike drugs
  • Verbal orders toolkit
  • Secure sample drugs
  • Protocols for use of hazardous drugs (coumadin and insulin)
  • Patient partnering for medication safety
  • Notification of patient results toolkit

Each tool is organized as follows:

  • Description of best practice
  • Summary of work accomplished
  • Work plan
  • Measures of completion
  • Status
  • Plan for reassessment
  • Guidelines for implementation

Appendixes A and B present two project proposals that were rejected by the demonstration project but that may nonetheless be of interest to some ambulatory care practices. These projects focus on the following topics:

  • Electronic prescription writing
  • Patient identification/wrong-site surgery procedure prevention


Gundersen Lutheran Health System

Funding Sources:

American Medical Group Association


Release Date: 2003
Original Summary: December 2003
Last Updated: 09/23/09

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