Medical errors may occur in different health care settings, and those that happen in hospitals can have serious consequences. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which has sponsored hundreds of patient safety research and implementation projects, offers these 10 evidence-based tips to prevent adverse events from occurring in your hospital.
Publication Date: December 2009
Publication Number: 10-M008
This document highlights some of the Agency's contributions in advancing patient safety during the past decade.
Publication Date: November 2009
Publication Number: 09(10)-0084
A public health emergency can strain the capacity of hospitals and other traditional venues for medical services. In such emergencies, it may be necessary to select alternate facilities for providing medical care. The report beginning below, and the related interactive computer tools, will help institutions and communities select alternate care facilities and determine which patients to send to them. The two new interactive tools are Disaster Alternate Care Facility Selection Tool and an ancillary tool, Alternate Care Facility Patient Selection Tool
Publication Date: June 2009
Publication Number: 09-0062
Blood clots are a serious medical condition. It is important to know the signs and get treated right away. This guide describes ways to prevent and treat blood clots; symptoms; and medication side effects as well as when to go to the emergency room.
Publication Date: May 2009
Publication Number: 09-0067-C
Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but the benefits are explained below, as are the key steps to quitting successfully.
All information is based on scientific research about what will give you the best chances of quitting.
Publication Date: September 2008
Publication Number: AHRQ0809-0092-A
Support and advice from a prenatal care provider
Publication Date: September 2008
Publication Number: AHRQ0809-0091-A
Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches represents years of study by AHRQ-funded patient safety researchers and others. It includes articles on reporting systems, risk assessment, safety culture, medical simulation, patient safety tools and practices, health information technology, medication safety, and other topics related to improving patient safety.
Publication Date: August 2008
Publication Number: 08-0034-1
Hispanics have a higher prevalence of diabetes and are disproportionately burdened with the complications and disability from diabetes. This report describes the development of a learning network project that included interventions and needs assessments at community health centers to help reduce the diabetes disparity in the Hispanic population.
Publication Date: March 2008
Publication Number: 08-0044-EF
This guide was designed to help users create an easy-to-use "pill card" for patients, parents, or anyone who has a hard time keeping track of their medicines. Step-by-step instructions, sample clip art, and suggestions for design and use will help to customize a reminder card.
Publication Date: February 2008
Publication Number: 08-M016
These materials enable implementation of the Chronic Care Model in academic health care settings. The tools and lessons learned from four organizations that participated in the Academic Chronic Care Collaborative are provided here for readers to adapt and replicate in teaching medical residents and improving care for patients with chronic illnesses.
Publication Date: January 2008
Publication Number: 08-MP085-2