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Data

We are working to gather raw data for your own analysis and to pinpoint trustworthy outside sources of data, analysis and summaries that you can use in your reporting. Below are data sources that can assist you in covering patient safety.

Antibiotic resistance

Health care-associated infections

Medical devices

Medication safety

Antibiotic resistance

Patient Safety Atlas: The CDC’s interactive datasets to learn about patient safety. Datasets include antibiotic resistance, health care-associated infections, outpatient antibiotic use and inpatient antibiotic stewardship.

Health care-associated infections

AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions: A report that shows progress toward the goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions.

The CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network is the nation’s most widely used health care-associated infection tracking system. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections. NHSN allows health care facilities to track blood safety errors and important health care process measures such as health care personnel influenza vaccine status and infection control adherence rates.

Health care-associated infection data from the CDC: This is data from U.S. health care facilities that reported at least one health care-associated infection to the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network. Facilities in these states are required by law to report HAI data to NHSN.

Patient Safety Atlas: The CDC’s interactive datasets to learn about patient safety. Datasets include antibiotic resistance, health care-associated infections, outpatient antibiotic use and inpatient antibiotic stewardship.

Medical devices

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists houses medical device data in its International Medical Devices Database (IMDD), giving patients access to more than 120,000 records about faulty or even dangerous medical devices from around the world. The database is the world’s largest resource on medical device recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices, with data from 46 countries. ICIJ is publishing this data in the public interest, to bring more transparency to the medical device industry and provide a resource to patients who, in many parts of the world, don’t otherwise have access to these types of reports.

Medication safety

DrugAlert.org is a comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. The Web site posts information about drug recalls, side effects, and pending litigation associated with various drugs and their manufacturers.