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Case studies

Diagnostic errors

Health care-associated infections

Organizations

Publications

Screening

Case studies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Real-life examples of safety scenarios are described in Impact Case Studies. An online web tool allows users to search for case studies by state or topic, including safety-related topics such as catheter-associated urinary tract infection, health care-associated infections and adverse drug events.

Diagnostic errors

Diagnostic errors: A primer from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Patient safety and quality improvement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

ACT for Better Diagnosis from the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Helmed by the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, this initiative focuses on collaborative learning and crossdisciplinary sharing of knowledge to support and disseminate improvements in diagnostic accuracy, communication, and timeliness.

Ten principles for more conservative, care-full diagnosis: Annals of Internal Medicine

Moore Foundation’s Diagnostic Excellence Initiative

Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, published in 2015, this report investigates diagnostic errors, something that most patients will experience at least once in their lifetime.

Health care-associated infections

Antimicrobial stewardship toolkits
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a set of toolkits to improve antibiotic stewardship in acute settings. The package includes a review: Antimicrobial stewardship: another focus for patient safety? This review summarizes the literature on antimicrobial stewardship to illustrate its relationship with patient safety. Interventions to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use included guidelines for controlling Clostridium difficile infection rates, mandatory outpatient parenteral therapy consultations, and performing medication reconciliation. AHRQ also has released an "Acute Care Hospital Toolkit" to support implementation of the "Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making" and improve antibiotic prescribing.

"Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019" (2019 AR Threats Report) is a publication of the Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit within the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The full 2019 AR Threats Report, including methods and appendices, is available online.

State-based health care-associated infection prevention activities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions: Declines in HACs save 20,500 lives and $7.7 billion in costs. Released Jan. 29, 2019

Organizations

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Patient safety information, including a toolkit and relevant upcoming events. 

World Health Organization: On Sept. 17, 2019, WHO launched a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making health care safer.

ECRI Institute’s International Patient Safety Day website has patient safety guidance, medical device safety resources, patient stories and more.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Subscribe to AHRQ’s Patient Safety Listserv to get the latest information on the Agency’s work to improve patient safety.

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

The Joint Commission
Links to the 2019 National Patient Safety Goals.

World Health Organization Patient Safety

Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Publications

Patient Safety
Published by the Patient Safety Authority, an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this journal's first edition was published in September 2019. The publication says it publishes original, peer-reviewed research and data analyses, and gives patients a voice.

Global Journal on Quality and Safety in Healthcare
An official publication of Global Academy for Health Sciences, this is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published quarterly since 2018. The scope of the Journal includes topics related to health care delivery across multiple disciplines including all domains of quality improvement, such as safety, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, equity, and patient-centered care. Manuscripts related to cost effectiveness, health economics, health policy, and public health issues also are considered.

Screening

It Is Possible to Decrease Unnecessary Health Care Tests
Overuse of low-value services has been estimated to cost the health care system in the United States more than $200 billion per year, not to mention the potential patient harms and inconvenience of unnecessary care.  A new study in the December 2018 issue of "The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety" details the work of a Choosing Wisely® campaign initiated in 2013 and intended to reduce unnecessary care and raise awareness among clinicians and the public to issues of health care overuse.