WEBTREATS: Patient Safety

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.  Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites.  This list is not meant to be comprehensive;  the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.  Please also refer to the WEBTREAT on Professional Liability and/or Performance Measures for related links.  mash/dgs 4/1/2014

AHRQ : Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This federal government site is the health services research arm of the US Dept of Health & Human Services, and provides information for patients and professional health care providers in the form of fact sheets, news releases, project and funding sources, indicator toolkits, events and opportunities. Select "Quality & Patient Safety" from the A-Z Quick Menu "For Professionals" drop-down menu..

AHRQ : PSNet - Patient Safety Network
This site contains the latest news and resources about patient safety.  The Collection/Classics section lists the most frequently cited information.  The list of resources, combined with the site’s extensive glossary, provides a great place to start learning about patient safety.  The "Did You Know?" section graphs survey results about hot topics.

AHRQ : Patient Safety Organizations
This site provides ways to see the latest developments in patient safety by health organizations.  This web site is designed to provide an understanding of the purpose and goasl, protections offered, process of becoming, and common formats for reporting patient safety events. Extensive list of PSOs by alphabetical and geographic lists.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
Promotes effective risk management strategies and leadership through publications, education, certification of risk managers, and interactions with leading healthcare organizations and government agencies.  Established in 1980, ASHRM is a personal membership group of AHA.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists : Patient Safety Resource Center
Provides links to Resource Center topics, alerts, news and announcements.

Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
The APSF site includes tools, safety videos, and a newsletter.

Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality – Johns Hopkins Medicine
The Armstrong Institute’s goal is to eliminate preventable harm to patients and to achieve the best patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible, and then to share knowledge of how to achieve this goal with the world.  The institute also provides an infrastructure that, for the first time, oversees, coordinates and supports patient safety and quality efforts across Johns Hopkins’ integrated health care system

Offers simple explanations about how common hospital hazards occur and easy checklists to help families safeguard their loved ones's care in the hospital.

CDC Features : Patient Safety
List of ten things you can do to be a safe patient.

Choosing Wisely: an Initiative of the ABIM Foundation
Aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose appropriate care.

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
CAPS is a consumer-led non-profit organization formed to be a collective voice for those who wish to prevent harm in healthcare encounters through a partnership between consumers and providers to create global healthcare systems that are safe, compassionate and just.

ECRI Institute : Medical Device Safety Reports
MDSR is a repository of medical device incident and hazard information independently investigated by ECRI Institute.  Contains recommendations for prevention or remediation of medical device hazards.  Searchable by cause of device-related incident, clinical specialty or department, device, or mechanism of injury.  Also includes medical device problem reporting.

FDA Medical Product Safety Network (MEDSUN)
MedSun provides medical device and patient safety information.  There is a link to the MedSun Newsletter, webinars, and device problem reports.

FDA Patient Safety News
A televised news series for healthcare professionals, episodes can be downloaded as Web casts.  The news focuses on new drugs, medical devices, FDA safety notifications, and producer recalls.  Archived broadcasts are available from 2002 thru 2011.

Health.mil: Patient Safety
Official website of the Military Health System for the DoD Patient Safety Program.

HealthIT.gov: Health IT and Patient Safety
Discussion and resources concerning the use of EHRs in furthering patient safety.  Includes links to tools and resources, funding opportunities, and plan documents.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement : Patient Safety
Founded in the late 1980s by a group of individuals committed to redesigning healthcare into a system no longer plagued by errors, waste, delays, and unsustainable social and economic costs. Its current focus is on sharing patient safety-improvement knowledge and methods. Includes educational programs, topic discussion, resources, case studies, tools, and audiovisual broadcasts.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices
ISMP site contains medication safety alerts, information on error reporting, ISMP medication safety self-assessment survey, consulting services, as well as a newsletter, books, videos, and posters.

Institute of Medicine : Quality and Patient Safety
This site lays out a vision to transform the health care system, and provides links to resources and a series of IOM reports.

The Joint Commission : Patient Safety
Their site includes national patient safety goals, standards, sentinel event information, legislative efforts, "Speak Up" series of patient safety brochures on various topics. Sign up for news and alerts.

The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at emplyer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey compares hospitals' performance to national safety benchmarks relevant to consumers.

MedlinePlus : Patient Safety
The National Library of Medicine's consumer health website offers a list of reliable websites dealing with all aspects of patient safety.

Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB)
This is a patient safety, professional development, and performance improvement program for hospital obstetrics units. The website has information on the MOREOB and Advancing with MOREOB programs.

Minnesota Department of Health: Patient Safety
Minnesota was the first state to start an adverse health care events reporting system that tracks adverse events.  Provides both consumer and provider resources.

Missouri Center for Patient Safety
Center was established by the MO Hospital Association, the MO State Medical Association, and Primaris in response to recommendations from the Governor's Commission for Patient Safety.  General resources include annual conference, speakers bureau, tool kits, press kit, web resources, and alert sites.

National Academy for State Health Policy : Patient Safety Toolbox
This electronic toolbox is intended to provide states with tools they can use or modify as they develop or improve adverse event reporting systems.  It includes information (policies, practices, forms, reports, methods, and contracts) related to states’ reporting systems, Web links, and fast facts and issues related to patient safety.

National Center for Patient Safety
Established in 1999 by the Department of Veterans Affairs for  patient safety managers and officers at the VA hospitals and regional headquarters that participate in the program.  The website includes publications, training initiatives, newsroom, FAQs, tools, and web resources.

National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention
NCC MERP has council recommendations on how to reduce errors, as well as phone numbers and web links to report a medical error.

National Patient Safety Foundation
Provides online discussions, publications, research grants to advance the knowledge or practice of patient safety.  Publish the Journal of NPSF. Sponsor the annual Patient Safety Congress. Emphasis on education and events, patient safety definitions, and hot topics.

Oregon Patient Safety Commission
Patient Safety Commission was created by the Oregon Legislature in July 2003. It is a "semi-independent state agency." Includes news of interest to state citizens and a petient safety reporting program.

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
Published by Lionheart Publishing, Inc, of Marietta, GA, its Web site provides information for patients and healthcare professionals. Users can view issues from Nov 2008 to the current issue, read blogs, and view videos.  

Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Health Care
PULSE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety and reducing medical errors through advocacy, education and support.  Principal chapters are located in NY, CO, and FL.

Sorry Works! Coalition
A coalition of doctors, insurers, patients, lawyers, hospital administrators, and researchers joining together to provide a “middle ground” solution to the medical malpractice crisis through a three-step disclosure process.  The coalition provides teaching and training tools to help organizations implement and develop disclosure programs.

VA National Center for Patient Safety
Established in 1999 to develop and nurture a culture of safety throughout the VHA.  Part of the VA Office of Quality, Safety, and Value.  Provides information, expertise, publications, and training for professionals, veterans, and the general public.

World Health Organization : Patient Safety
Tackles the issue of patient safety as a global problem by providing resources that are applicable to countries worldwide. Site contains information about its Global Patient Safety Challenge. Users can download documents created to support the Challenge. 


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