AHRQ Patient Safety Tools and Resources
AHRQ's tools help staff in multiple settings prevent avoidable complications of care.
Glucose Control Factsheet
Factsheet on glucose control and the prevention of surgical site infections
Estimating the Additional Hospital Inpatient Cost and Mortality Associated With Selected Hospital-Acquired Conditions
Estimating the additional hospital inpatient cost and mortality associated with selected hospital-acquired conditions


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)'s publications offer practical information to help a variety of health care organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all health care settings.

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Eliminating CLABSI, A National Patient Safety Imperative: Final Report
This final report summarizes the progress that was made during the On the CUSP: Stop BSI project , a unique partnership with the Health Research & Educational Trust, the Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group, and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association's Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality.
Publication Date: January 2013
Publication Number: 12-0087-EF
Improving the Measurement of Surgical Site Infection Risk Stratification/Outcome Detection
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in cooperation with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commissioned a study in 2009 with the objective of developing techniques to improve the identification and surveillance of likely cases of surgical site infection using data on four common procedures (hernia repair, coronary artery bypass grafts, and hip and knee arthroplasty).
Publication Date: December 2012
Publication Number: 12-0046-EF
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have developed TeamSTEPPS®, a teamwork system that offers a powerful solution to improving collaboration and communication within your institution. Teamwork has been found to be one of the key initiatives within patient safety that can transform the culture within health care. Patient safety experts agree that communication and other teamwork skills are essential to the delivery of quality health care and to preventing and mitigating medical errors and patient injury and harm.
Publication Date: December 2012
Publication Number: 14-0001-3
DVD-TeamSTEPPS Long Term Care Version, DVD
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS 2.0 for Long-Term Care curriculum reflects updates to the original TeamSTEPPS in Long-Term Care curriculum, which was released to the public in 2012. Since then, AHRQ released TeamSTEPPS 2.0, an update to the original curriculum that focuses on hospital-based teams. As a result, AHRQ has sponsored the development of an updated curriculum for use in the long-term care setting.
Publication Date: November 2012
Publication Number: 1213-0004-1
Primary Care Workforce Facts and Stats
To further inform policy discussions around the U.S. primary care workforce, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is producing a set of fact sheets to provide health care policy and decisionmakers with information on the U.S. primary care workforce.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 12-P001-1-EF
The Challenge and Potential for Assuring Quality Health Care for the 21st Century
This report documents some of the existing quality problems in the health care system and identifies current strategies that have proven effective at improving quality outcomes, increasing confidence, and often reducing health care costs. It also underscores why a national effort is needed to improve the quality of health care.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: OM 98-0009
Designing Consumer Reporting Systems for Patient Safety Events
Based on a series of technical expert panel meetings, consumer focus groups, interviews with key stakeholders, and an environment scan and literature review, this project addressed a series of questions about the ideal characteristics of a consumer reporting system, and how such a system could be realistically implemented.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 11-0060-EF
Advances in Patient Safety
Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation describes what federally funded programs have accomplished in understanding medical errors and implementing programs to improve patient safety over the last 5 years. This compendium is sponsored jointly by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD)-Health Affairs.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 05-0021-(1-4)
Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship
Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile) is a serious public health problem that has recently increased in both incidence and severity. Taking steps to reduce C. difficile is a major health and public health imperative. Antimicrobial stewardship targeted to C. difficile reduction shows promise, because increased rates of C. difficile are associated with inappropriate antibiotic use.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 12-0082-EF
Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency
This TeamSTEPPS guide was created to help enhance safety for patients with limited English Proficiency.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 12-0041


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