AHRQ Tools To Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions

Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs) are conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else. These conditions cause harm to patients. Hospitals and others working with the Partnership for Patients are focused on reducing specific HACs that occur frequently, can cause significant harm, and are often preventable based on existing evidence. To reduce these HACs and other adverse events in hospitals, frontline clinicians and others use many of the methods, tools, and resources listed below that AHRQ has developed.

Adverse drug events: Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI): Toolkit for Reducing CAUTI in Hospitals

Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI): Tools for Reducing CLABSI

Injuries and falls from immobility: Preventing Falls in Hospitals

Obstetrical adverse events: AHRQ Safety Program for Perinatal Care

Pressure Ulcers: Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care

Surgical site infections: AHRQ Safety Program for Surgery

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE): Preventing Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism

Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP): AHRQ Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Frontline clinical teams are also using these AHRQ resources to help build the foundation to make care safer and tackle specific HACs, including healthcare-associated infections:

Page last reviewed December 2016
Page originally created December 2016
Internet Citation: AHRQ Tools To Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions. Content last reviewed December 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hac/tools.html