On December 12, we published Part 1 of this two-blog series. In that blog, we listed patient safety surveys, education and training, and patient safety websites that every healthcare executive should know about.
Today, when we provide you with guides and toolkits, as well as patient safety organizations that can help you reduce preventable patient harm.
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That said, let’s get on with Part 2 of our blog.
GUIDES & TOOLKITS
- Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Control and Prevention Toolkit provides a framework for outlining steps needed to design and implement CRE control and prevention of infection transmission.
- Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) Toolkit enables healthcare organizations to implement an AHRQ-developed process. Like similar programs in place in other organizations, CANDOR gives hospitals and health systems the tools to respond immediately when a patient is harmed and to promote candid, empathetic communication and timely resolution for patients and caregivers.
- Guide for Developing a Community-Based Patient Safety Advisory Council provides approaches for hospitals and other healthcare organizations to use to develop a community-based advisory council that can drive change for patient safety through education, collaboration, and consumer engagement.
- Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety helps hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety. Includes an implementation handbook and tools for patients, families, and clinicians.
- Healthcare Facility Design Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit helps healthcare design teams proactively identify and mitigate built environment conditions that may impact patient and work safety in the hospital and other healthcare environments. The toolkit addresses approaches to design that target six areas of safety: infections, falls, medication errors, security, injuries of behavioral health, and patient handling.
- Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions: provides evidence-based strategies to reduce readmissions among the adult Medicaid population.
- Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit features strategies from the field that can help hospitals improve medication reconciliation processes for patients as they move through the healthcare system.
- Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) Toolkit includes a set of medication reconciliation tools to reduce medication errors that frequently occur during care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital.
- Preventing Falls in Hospitals is a toolkit for improving quality of care focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program. Includes an implementation guide to help put prevention strategies into practice.
- Preventing Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism is a guide for effective quality improvement outlines the latest evidence on how to lead a quality improvement effort to prevent hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism.
- Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals assists hospital staff in implementing effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care.
- Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions) provides hospitals a comprehensive set of interventions to improve the care transition process after discharge in order to reduce readmissions.
- Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit is a research-based toolkit to assist hospitals, including those that serve diverse populations, in improving their hospital discharge process and reducing avoidable readmissions. An English/Spanish guide to help staff ensure that patients understand their discharge instructions is also available.
- Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding presents step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to alleviate crowded emergency departments.
- The Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals were developed to identify, inspire, and mobilize widespread, national adoption of best practices for specific medication safety issues that continue to cause fatal and harmful errors in patients, despite repeated warnings in ISMP publications.
- The ISHAPED Patient-Centered Approach to Nurse Shift Change Bedside Report focuses on making bedside shift reports more patient- and family-centered. The goal is to always include patients in the ISHAPED nursing shift-to-shift handoff process at the bedside to add an additional layer of safety by enabling the patient to communicate potential safety concerns.
PATIENT SAFETY ORGANIZATIONS
- National Quality Forum (NQF) works to catalyze improvements in healthcare. The NQF convenes working groups to foster quality improvement in both public- and private-sectors; endorses consensus standards for performance measurement; ensures that consistent, high-quality performance information is publicly available; and seeks real time feedback to ensure measures are meaningful and accurate.
National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of the profession of healthcare quality and patient safety and the individual professionals working in the field. The purpose of the NAHQ is to improve healthcare quality across all points of care.
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a leading innovator, convener, partner, and driver of results in health and healthcare improvement worldwide. IHI's work is focused in five key areas: improvement capability; person- and family-centered care; patient safety; quality, cost, and value; and triple aim for populations.
- The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits and certifies more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. The mission of The Joint Commission is to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
- The Leapfrog Group is an initiative driven by organizations that buy healthcare who are working to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare for Americans.
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available, and the science that supports those options.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a mission to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable.
- National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has a vision to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the healthcare community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and healthcare workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm.
- American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association with nearly 6,000 members representing risk management, patient safety, insurance, law, finance and other related professions. ASHRM initiatives focus on developing and implementing safe and effective patient care practices, the preservation of financial resources and the maintenance of safe working environments.
Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) is the American Hospital Association's strategic platform to accelerate performance improvement and support delivery system transformation in the nation's hospitals and health systems. HPOE synthesizes and disseminates knowledge, shares proven practices and spreads innovation to support care improvement at the local level.