New Tools for Ambulatory Patient Safety

AHRQ has published several new ambulatory care patient safety tools and resources in recent months. While much of AHRQ's patient safety work initially focused on hospitals, over time AHRQ’s expanded its patient safety focus beyond acute care to all health care settings.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia Patient Safety Clinical Decision Support Implementation Toolkit, released in January, helps ambulatory care practices (as well as emergency departments) and clinical informatics personnel, implement clinical decision support determine the safest and most appropriate place of treatment for these patients—outpatient, hospital, or ICU.

The recently updated, Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process, is a guide to improve standardization and systemization of laboratory testing processes—where safety issues commonly pop up in primary care practices.

AHRQ's tools to encourage patients to speak up and ask questions and to foster engagement across settings including in ambulatory care are leading the way.

Page last reviewed March 2018
Page originally created March 2018
Internet Citation: New Tools for Ambulatory Patient Safety. Content last reviewed March 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.