Patient Safety Tools: Improving Safety at the Point of Care

Information about medical errors, a leading health problem, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's efforts to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.

These toolkits are designed to help health care institutions and clinicians provide—and consumers receive—safe, quality health care at various points in the health care process—in the hospital, in the emergency department, in the intensive care unit, in the pharmacy, and when being discharged from one setting to another.

These 17 toolkits were produced under AHRQ's Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS) grant program, The projects have produced a variety of evidence-based tools, including training materials, medication guides and checklists, that are easily adapted to other institutions and care settings. The tools were developed in the field and are designed to be implemented by multidisciplinary users.


Toolkits by Setting Type

Hospital — General
Emergency Departments
Hospital Care Units
Outpatient Settings
Consumer/Patient Care

Hospital—General – These toolkits contain evidence-based resources to help inpatient facilities improve performance around some of the most common and most serious patient safety problems faced by hospitals today.

Emergency Departments – These toolkits contain resources to help hospitals apply evidence-based safe practices in the Emergency Department (ED) to improve patient flow, implement a multidisciplinary simulation-based safety curriculum, and improve medication safety by implementing a formal ED pharmacist program.

Hospital Care Units – These toolkits contain resources to help hospitals apply evidence-based safe practices.

Outpatient Settings – These toolkits contain resources to help facilities address outpatient medication safety by applying evidence-based safe practices.

Consumer/Patient Care – These toolkits contain resources to help facilities educate consumers in medication safety and post-hospital care.

Current as of April 2011
Internet Citation: Patient Safety Tools: Improving Safety at the Point of Care. April 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/pips/index.html