Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.
Alarm fatigue materials include the following:
- Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses practice alert: Alarm...
The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety. The site includes links to guidance articles published by ECRI Institute through ECRI’s various membership groups, articles from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, blog posts, and news.
The free educational Web site is divided into the following sections:
- Health devices webinars
- Joint Commission resources
- ECRI Institute alarms-...
This suite of resources for hospitals provides health care workers and administrators ways to assess and understand workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their patient-handling programs to improve worker safety.
The resources are divided into the following sections:
- Understanding the problem
- Safety and health management systems
- Safe patient handling
The overarching goal of the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) toolkit is to provide the most current information and guidance on practices and technology, as well as the most appropriate tools, resources, and education to assist health care organizations in reducing the current burden associated with CLABSIs.
The toolkit is separated into the following chapters and sections:
- Chapter 1 – Types of central venous catheters and...
The goal of MARQUIS (Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study) is to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely at times of care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital. This study, which was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has produced a set of medication reconciliation tools to reduce medication errors that frequently occur during care transitions.
The Children's Hospital Safety Climate Questionnaire is intended for health care administrators, researchers, and clinicians interested in understanding patient and family perceptions of the safety climate at their hospital. The questionnaire contains 14 questions on parent perceptions of the hospital safety climate that were adapted from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Although the questionnaire was developed for parents of...
These guides explain how health care providers and patients and families can work together to effect safer delivery of care, help realize better expected medical outcomes, reduce risk and liability, reduce medical costs, and advance an authentic culture of safety throughout hospitals in the United States. The guides provide hospitals with a clearly delineated path to successful collaboration complete with comprehensive instructions and a unique customizable road map.
There are six...
The Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture is designed specifically for community pharmacy staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety in their pharmacy. This Web page provides tools to help assess safety and quality-improvement areas to make changes in the facility. Included is a toolkit and the 2012 preliminary comparative results.
The toolkit includes the following:
- Survey form
- Survey composites and items
- Survey user’s...
This toolkit and self-assessment tool help health care organizations develop a culture that supports respect and effective communication with patients and families around adverse events. The Disclosure Toolkit provides selected tools, literature, and other resources to help establish an environment that supports effective communication with patients and families. The Disclosure Culture Assessment Tool enables organizations to determine their current cultural environment and structures needed...
These tools and resources guide health care facilities in organizing institution-wide support for clinicians following adverse events. Included is a toolkit for organizations to use regardless of where they are on the spectrum—from those in the early stages of looking at different support models to those who may already have programs in place.
The following tools are also available:
- Organizational assessment tool for clinician support
- Building a clinician...