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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Improving Patient Safety Through Simulation Research
This fact sheet summarizes grant awards for simulation research projects funded by AHRQ in FY 2011.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 11-P012-EF
Health Care Systems for Tracking Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests
This report summarizes the experience of the CNA Health ACTION (Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks) Partnership in implementing and assessing a health care intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening and followup. This report also contains a description of dissemination plans and efforts to date to spread the uptake of this intervention to other health care settings.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 11-0016-1-EF
The Number of Practicing Primary Care Physicians in the United States
Among physicians in the United States who spend the majority of their time in direct patient care, slightly less than one-third are specialists in primary care.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 12-P001-2-EF
Emergency Severity Index (ESI): A Triage Tool for Emergency Departments
The Emergency Severity Index (ESI) is a five-level emergency department (ED) triage algorithm that provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from 1 (most urgent) to 5 (least urgent) on the basis of acuity and resource needs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded initial work on the ESI.
Publication Date: September 2012
Publication Number: 12-0014
Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities
Detecting and promptly reporting changes in a nursing home resident's condition are critical for ensuring the resident's well-being and safety. Such changes may represent a patient safety problem, and they can be a signal that the resident is at increased risk for falling and other complications.
Publication Date: July 2012
Publication Number: 12-0001
System Design: AHRQ Resources
The health care system in the United States has been the subject of much debate as experts try to determine the best way to deliver high-quality care. In Crossing the Quality Chasm,1 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called for the redesign of health care delivery systems and their external environments to promote care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. Below are examples of research, resources, and tools on system design developed with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Publication Date: February 2012
Publication Number: 12-0038-EF
2012 User Comparative Database Report
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a tool to help hospitals evaluate how well they had established a culture of safety in their institutions, in 2004. A database was also needed so hospitals and units in hospitals could determine how well they were doing in establishing a culture of safety in comparison to other similar hospitals or hospital units.
Publication Date: January 2012
Publication Number: 12-0017
Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement
Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty is a set of modules to help pharmacy faculty integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents.
Publication Date: December 2011
Publication Number: 12-M013-EF
Veinte consejos para ayudar a evitar errores médicos
AHRQ consumer health fact sheet on protecting yourself from health care mistakes involving your prescription medicines, staying in the hospital, or undergoing surgery.
Publication Date: November 2011
Publication Number: 11(12)-0089-B
An Organizational Guide to Building Health Services Research Capacity
This guide provides a user-friendly, step-by-step approach to planning, implementing, and sustaining a health services research infrastructure. It provides background information, recommendations, and resources to help research organizations and institutions improve their health services research capacity and competitiveness for grant and contract funding.
Publication Date: October 2011
Publication Number: 11(12)-0095-EF


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