These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.
The tools and resources provided include the following:
- Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
- Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
- Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
This toolkit is designed to help hospitals understand the Quality Indicators (QIs) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and support the use of QIs to successfully improve quality and patient safety. The toolkit is a general guide to using improvement methods, with a particular focus on the QIs.
The AHRQ QIs use hospital administrative data to assess the quality of care provided, identify areas of concern in need of further investigation, and monitor...
This toolkit for health care leaders, clinicians, and staff demonstrates ways to partner with patients and families to enhance quality and safety. It provides tools and resources that support efforts to ensure patient care is safe and responsive to the needs, priorities, goals, and values of patients and their families.
The materials found in the toolkit include:
- Patients and families as advisers in enhancing safety and quality: broadening our vision
Health care providers can use this toolkit during hospital discharge to help patients leave the hospital with confidence. It includes the tools and information patients need to make a smooth transition to their next destination.
Elements of the toolkit are:
- Staying Safe When You Leave the Hospital: A journal-like bifold booklet that guides patients and family members to collect their thoughts and ask the right questions.
- Talking to...
This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety. This resource list is not exhaustive but is provided to give initial guidance to hospitals looking for information about patient safety initiatives. This document will be updated periodically.
The resources are organized into the following categories:
- General resources
- Resources by...
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
The resources from the Stop Blood Stream Infections (“Stop BSI”) program aim to eliminate catheter-related bloodstream infections and their associated costs. Similar efforts in Michigan were successful in nearly eliminating these infections by reducing the median rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections to zero.
The Stop BSI program includes a variety of resources including:
- Educational sessions
- The Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Toolkit,...
This set of assessment surveys and tools can be used by nursing home providers and staff to:
- Assess their patient safety culture
- Track changes in patient safety over time
- Evaluate the impact of patient safety interventions
The Nursing Home Survey Toolkit includes:
- Survey form
- Survey items and dimensions
- Survey user's guide
- Nursing home survey feedback report template
- Comparative database ...
In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the United States and internationally have implemented the survey.
In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their safety culture survey results to other hospitals, AHRQ funded the development of a comparative...
This survey, designed to be administered to outpatient medical office providers and staff, asks for opinions about the culture of patient safety and health care quality in medical offices.
The survey was designed for medical offices with at least three providers (physicians, either MD or DO; physician assistants; nurse practitioners; or other providers licensed to diagnose medical problems, treat patients, and prescribe medications). Survey administration in solo practitioner or...