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 the Emergency Department Discharge Process
Millions of patients visit hospital emergency departments (EDs) each year for a variety of injuries and ailments. A sizable minority of ED patients returns to the ED frequently and account for a disproportionately large share of overall visits and costs.
Publication Date: December 2014
Publication Number: 14(15)-0067-EF
Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture
The second edition of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture User Comparative Database Report presents data from 18,968 staff within 263 U.S. nursing homes. The 2014 report provides results that nursing homes can use to compare their patient safety culture to other U.S. nursing homes. The full report contains detailed comparative data for various nursing home characteristics (size and ownership) and respondent characteristics (job titles, work areas, direct patient contact, and shift worked).
Publication Date: November 2014
Publication Number: 15-0004-EF
Implementing a State-Level Quality Improvement Collaborative
This Resource Guide is designed to help State agencies and policymakers, as well as other stakeholders, implement a State-level quality improvement collaborative that addresses a specific clinical concern such as various mental health conditions that affect the Medicaid population.
Publication Date: November 2014
Publication Number: 14(15)-0064-EF
Spanish - EHC Consumer - Tratamientos para los ninos con trastorno del espectro autista/Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
La información de esta guía proviene de la revisión de más de 200 estudios realizada por un centro de investigación independiente. Financió este informe la Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Agencia para la Investigación y la Calidad de la Atención Médica; AHRQ, por su sigla en inglés), una agencia del gobierno federal. El informe fue revisado por pacientes, médicos y otros investigadores. Se puede leer el informe completo en www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/autism1.cfm (disponible sólo en inglés).
Publication Date: November 2014
Publication Number: A1415-EHC036-B
Designing Care Management Entities for Youth with Complex Behavioral Health Needs
This Implementation Guide provides information about the CME design process. We hope it will be helpful to States interested in implementing or improving CMEs for youth with complex behavioral health needs and their families. The guide may also be useful for county agencies if they are responsible for financing behavioral health or social services in the State.
Publication Date: September 2014
Publication Number: 14-0009-2-EF
CD -- TeamSTEPPS Rapid Response Module
The TeamSTEPPS Rapid Response Systems Guide is designed to help you develop and deploy a customized plan to train your staff in teamwork skills and lead a medical teamwork improvement initiative in your organization from initial concept development through to sustainment of positive changes. This evidence-based module will provide insight into the core concepts of teamwork as they are applied to the rapid response system. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes. Supporting materials include CD-ROM and DVD, and evaluation tools.
Publication Date: September 2014
Publication Number: 0809-0074
Children's EHR Format: Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions and answers about the Model Format. Replaces AHRQ Publication No: 12-M018.
Publication Date: September 2014
Publication Number: 14-M027
EHC Consumer Guide - Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
The information for this guide comes from a review of more than 200 studies by an independent research center. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a Federal government agency, funded this report. The report was reviewed by doctors, patients, and other researchers. You can access the full report on the right side of this Web page
Publication Date: September 2014
Publication Number: A14-EHC036-A
Designing and Delivering Whole-Person Transitional Care
The guide has been field tested by individual hospitals and groups of hospital quality improvement collaboratives. Based on a series of coaching and feedback calls with hospitals, the second release of this guide has been updated to provide updated tools and clearer guidance on who should use the tools and what to do with the output of the tools. It also offers new tools that can be used in the day-to-day working environment of hospital-based teams and cross-setting partnerships.
Publication Date: August 2014
Publication Number: 16-0047-EF
Case Studies of Exemplary Primary Care Practice Facilitation Training Programs
The purpose of these case studies is to describe in detail the formation, operation, and curriculum of three exemplary Primary Care Practice Facilitation (PCPF) training programs. The case studies were selected based on results of an environmental scan of existing PCPF training programs and nominations from leaders in the field.
Publication Date: August 2014
Publication Number: 14-0054-EF