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/bds 6/9/2016

AHRQ : Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Working within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners, this federal government site provides evidence-based information for patients, health care providers, and policymakers in the form of fact sheets, news releases, funding sources, data and research findings, indicator toolkits, patient safety surveys, programs, events and opportunities.  Select “Patient Safety” in the A-Z list under “Health Care Information.”

AHRQ : PSNet - Patient Safety Network
This site contains the latest news and resources on patient safety.  The Collection section provides annotated links to patient safety literature, a set of “classics” (including review articles, empirical studies, reports, and books), and a list of the most popular patient safety sources. The site’s glossary of terms and patient safety primers help guide users through key concepts. 

AHRQ : Patient Safety Organizations
Provides an overview of the PSO program authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, which makes it possible for health care providers to voluntarily report information on patient safety events under legal protection. The site describes the program’s purpose and goals, the protections offered, the process of becoming a PSO, and common formats for reporting patient safety events.  Included is an updated directory of federally-listed PSOs, searchable by name, geographical location, size, and other variables.

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 the American Hospital Association.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists : Patient Safety Resource Center
Provides links to Resource Center topics, alerts, news and announcements.  Includes ASHP position statements and guidelines, training tools, and accreditation guidelines.

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 aims to reduce preventable harm to patients, achieve the best patient outcomes, and reduce waste in health care delivery at Johns Hopkins and around the globe. The site provides links to news, publications, programs, and training opportunities.

Lists and describes common hospital hazards and provides safety strategies and simply checklists to help families   safeguard their loved ones’ hospital care. 

CDC Features : Patient Safety
Lists ten things patients can do to be safe in healthcare settings.

Choosing Wisely: an Initiative of the ABIM Foundation
Aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative, free from harm, and necessary.

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
CAPS is a consumer-led nonprofit organization formed to be a collective voice for individuals, families, and health providers who wish to prevent harm during healthcare encounters through partnership and collaboration.  Includes links to patient safety resources and tools.

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 Education Resources (MedWatch)
FDA gateway to clinically important safety information and reporting problems with human medical products.  Links to safety alerts, guidelines, online videos for patients and health professionals, and the MedWatch safety information and adverse event reporting system

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.

Health.mil: Patient Safety
Official website of the Military Health System (MHS) and the Defense Health Agency. Includes a patient portal for MHS quality, patient safety and access information.

HealthIT.gov: Health IT and Safety
Discussion and resources concerning the use of EHRs in furthering patient safety.  Links to resources, reports, self-assessment guides, and plan documents.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement : Patient Safety
IHI works with countries, regions, organizations, and individuals to ensure that patients receive the safest, most reliable care across the continuum.  Provides links to online patient safety education, resources, tools, and publications.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices
The ISMP site provides medication safety alerts, information on error reporting, safety sell-assessment tools, guidelines and resources. Also links to a newsletter and online store containing webinars, books, videos, and posters.

The Joint Commission : Patient Safety
This site includes national patient safety goals and standards, together with patient safety brochures, podcasts, a newsletter, resources, and news/sentinel event alerts.

Josie King Foundation

Foundation mission is to prevent others from dying or being harmed by medical errors.  The web site includes a blog, patient safety tools (including mobile apps and care journals), programs, news, and a resource center.


The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to improve the safety, quality, and affordability of health care and to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information.  The Leapfrog Hospital Survey compares hospitals’ performance to national safety benchmarks relevant to consumers.

Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB)
This is a patient safety, professional development, and performance improvement program for hospital obstetrics units. The website provides information on the MOREOB program, along with news, calendar events, and external links.

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.

Minnesota Department of Health: Patient Safety
Maintains a statewide adverse health care events reporting system that tracks adverse events in Minnesota hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  Provides patient safety resources for consumers, families, and providers.

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, contracts, alerts and advisories) related to states’ reporting systems, including links to state patient-safety web pages.

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 provides council statements and recommendations on how to reduce medication errors, descriptions of medication errors (including a taxonomy and indices), and information on how to report errors.

National Patient Safety Foundation Provides online discussion forums; publications for patients, families, and health professionals; and details on the NPSF-sponsored annual Patient Safety Congress and the Research Grants Program to advance the knowledge or practice of patient safety.  Site emphasis is on education and events, patient safety definitions, and hot topics.

Oregon Patient Safety Commission
The Patient Safety Commission is a “semi-independent state agency” created by the Oregon Legislature in 2003 to help reduce the risk of serious adverse events occurring in Oregon’s healthcare system and encouraging a culture of patient safety. The site includes news of interest to state citizens, information on patient safety reporting programs, and resources for patients, families, and health professionals.

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
This Web site provides news and information for patients and healthcare professionals published by Lionheart Publishing, Inc., of Marietta, GA.  Users can view the PSQH magazine (from Nov 2008 to the current issue), read blogs, view videos, read white papers, and register for webinars.

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 using the concepts of empathy and disclosure.  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 Veterans Health Administration.  Part of the VA Office of Quality, Safety, and Value, the Center works to reduce and prevent inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care. Provides information, expertise, publications, and training for professionals, veterans, and the general public.

World Health Organization : Patient Safety
Addresses the issue of patient safety from a global perspective, providing resources that are applicable to countries worldwide.  Site provides news, information, education and training tools, change implementation techniques, patient engagement materials, and information on global safety campaigns.


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