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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This toolkit provides materials that explain the concepts, change strategies, tools, and resources to teach residents and improve care for patients with chronic illness in an academic setting. It assists academic health care environments in implementing the Chronic Care Model approach.
Date Published: January 2008
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care
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This toolkit helps hospital labor and delivery units improve patient safety, team communication, and quality of care for mothers and their newborns with an aim of decreasing maternal and neonatal adverse events resulting from poor communication and system failures.
Date Published: June 2017
Setting of Care: Hospital
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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
Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardshi
This toolkit assists hospital staff and leadership in developing an effective antimicrobial stewardship program with the potential to reduce C. difficile. It helps hospitals consider the organizational changes and resources needed to create and sustain an effective program for reducing C. difficile.
Date Published: September 2012
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 2017
Setting of Care: Hospital
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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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This toolkit includes materials for planning an intervention, identifying a central entity to manage the program, educating medical practices about the program, and communicating with patients.
Date Published: September 2012
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital
Transitioning Newborns From NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit
This toolkit provides customizable resources for hospitals that wish to improve safety when newborns transition home from the neonatal intensive care unit by creating a health coach program.
Date Published: December 2013
Setting of Care: Hospital