Training tools to make care safer
Five-step process for clinicians and their patients
Helps hospitals prevent CAUTI


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers practical, research-based tools and other resources to help a variety of health care organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all health care settings.

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Pills spill out of a prescription bottle.
Leaders in infectious disease and infection control can use this toolkit to develop interventions to control carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). The toolkit is organized into six sections and can be used either in its entirety or by pulling out specific sections that meet an organization’s needs.
Date Published: March 2014
Setting of Care: Hospital
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This toolkit helps primary care practices determine and evaluate what accessible and affordable resources exist in their community for patients struggling with obesity and/or prediabetes; establish a productive relationship with community partners and develop a bidirectional referral process that integrates directly into existing patient flow; and enhance engagement strategies with patients.
Date Published: March 2014
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care
CUSP logo of interlocking puzzle pieces.
Created for clinicians by clinicians, this toolkit includes training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together and builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety. Additional AHRQ toolkits build on the CUSP model to address problems such as central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), infections associated with ventilators, surgical complications, and more.
Date Published: June 2015
Setting of Care: Hospital, Outpatient Surgery
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The ESI is a five-level emergency department triage algorithm that helps hospital emergency department staff rapidly identify patients in need of immediate attention and better identify patients who could safely and more efficiently be seen in a fast-track or urgent care center rather than the main emergency department.
Date Published: September 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital
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This guide helps hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety by encouraging patients and family members to participate as advisors. The tools help to promote better communication, implement nurse bedside change-of-shift reports, and engage patients and families in discharge planning throughout the hospital stay.
Date Published: September 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital
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This guide presents strategies to design and deliver transitional care to adult Medicaid patients to help reduce hospital readmissions. It provides tools and guidance on who should use them and how.
Date Published: November 2016
Setting of Care: Hospital
prescription medication being dispensed into a person's palm.
The MATCH toolkit features a step-by-step guide for hospitals to improve medication reconciliation processes as patients move through the health care system.
Date Published: August 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital, Long-term Care, Outpatient Surgery
Nursing home residents talking
This guide provides toolkits to help nursing homes optimize their use of antibiotics.
Date Published: October 2016
Setting of Care: Long-term Care
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This toolkit was developed to provide nursing homes that have an electronic medical records system with tools to effectively monitor and manage pressure ulcers. Clinical reports provide information about the number and types of pressure ulcers that residents have developed.
Date Published: April 2016
Setting of Care: Long-term Care
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention to help nursing homes with electronic medical records reduce the occurrence of in-house pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers remain a serious problem in nursing homes despite regulatory and market approaches to encourage prevention and treatment.
Date Published: November 2017
Setting of Care: Long-term Care