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

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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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This toolkit assists nursing facilities in providing individualized, person-centered care and improving their fall care processes and outcomes through educational and quality improvement tools.
Date Published: February 2010
Setting of Care: Long-term Care
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This updated guide, which is based on the latest scientific evidence, includes tools and resources for hospital staff to prevent hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism.
Date Published: August 2016
Setting of Care: Hospital
Doctor and elderly female patient
These materials assist hospital staff in implementing effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care.
Date Published: September 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital
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This toolkit assists hospitals, including those that serve diverse populations, improve their hospital discharge process to reduce avoidable readmissions and posthospital emergency department visits. A guide for patients and families, available in English and Spanish, was developed as part of the toolkit.
Date Published: March 2013
Setting of Care: Hospital, Long-term Care
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These materials contain a five-step process for clinicians to use with patients that encourages exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient.
Date Published: July 2014
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Outpatient Surgery
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TeamSTEPPS is a customizable program plus specialized tools to reduce risks to patient safety by training clinicians in teamwork and communication skills. Materials include a leader's guide for trainers, a pocket guide of important concepts for trainees, and a multimedia guide featuring training videos to illustrate various concepts. There are TeamSTEPPS modules for (1) hospitals (2) medical offices (3) long-term care facilities (4) rapid response teams (5) staff treating patients with limited English proficiency, and (6) dental offices.
Date Published: May 2016
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital, Long-term Care, Outpatient Surgery
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This toolkit helps hospitals prevent CAUTI in patients and improve safety culture at the unit level by implementing concepts from the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP).
Date Published: October 2015
Setting of Care: Hospital
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Hospital intensive care unit (ICU) staff can use the toolkit to apply the proven principles and methods of AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to reduce complications for mechanically ventilated patients.
Date Published: March 2015
Setting of Care: Hospital
CUSP logo of interlocking puzzle pieces.
The Toolkit To Improve Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers helps ambulatory surgery centers make care safer for their patients. Ambulatory surgery centers can use the toolkit to apply the proven principles and methods of AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to prevent surgical site infections and other complications and improve safety culture in their facilities.
Date Published: June 2017
Setting of Care: Hospital, Outpatient Surgery
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These tools help implement evidence-based practices and eliminate central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI). When used with the CUSP (Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program) Toolkit, these tools dramatically reduced CLABSI rates in more than 1,000 hospitals across the country.
Date Published: January 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital, Outpatient Surgery

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