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.
This toolkit can help hospital infection prevention programs implement a decolonization protocol that was found to reduce bloodstream infections by roughly 30 percent in adult inpatients who were not in intensive care units and who had specific medical devices. It includes implementation instructions, demonstration videos, and customizable tools.
Date Published: March 2022 Setting of Care: Hospital
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
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
This customizable, educational toolkit aims to help hospital intensive care units (ICUs) reduce rates of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). Using the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and other evidence-based practices, the toolkit helps ICUs assess their current CLABSI and CAUTI prevention efforts, has resources to help ICUs overcome common challenges in infection-reduction efforts, and provides the clinical and cultural guidance to make changes needed to decrease CLABSI and CAUTI rates.
Date Published: April 2022 Setting of Care: Hospital
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
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
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
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
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
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