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Patient Safety Links




Our patient safety links are organized by categories. The named links below will direct you to the named category or you can scroll through the list. Links to sites outside the Department are intended to be informational and do not necessarily imply any official endorsement of or responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data, or products presented.


General Patient Safety Links

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ- Errors and Patient Safety

AHRQ- Programs and Projects on Quality and Safety by State

American Hospital Association (AHA)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Nurses Association (ANA)

ANA- Contributions of the Professional, Public and Private Sectors in Promoting Patient Safety

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- (CDC)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services- (CMS)

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

Institute for Medicine (IOM)

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety

National Center for Patient Safety Veteran's Administration (VA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)

Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC)

Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI)

The Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Medication Errors

American Journal of Nursing Safer Medication Administration

American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) List of High Alert Medications

ISMP- List of Confused Drug Names

ISMP- Error-Prone Abbreviations List

Joint Commission National Patient Safety


Perinatal Death

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)- Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease

Department of State Health Services- (DSHS)- Information for Parents of Newborn Children

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO)- Preventing Infant Death and Injury During Delivery

USAID- Newborn Health and Survival


Retained Foreign Body

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)- A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices

American College of Surgeons- The Prevention of Retained Foreign Bodies after Surgery

AORN- Recommended Practices for Sponge, Sharp and Instrument Counts


Suicide Prevention

Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety- Designing the Environment to Prevent Suicide

National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)- Managing Risk in Behavioral Health Care

New York State Office of Mental Health- Suicide Prevention and Public Health


Wrong Site/Wrong Patient/Wrong Procedure

American College of Surgeons- Statement on Ensuring Correct Patient, Correct Site and Correct Procedure Surgery

Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO)- Universal Protocol


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Last updated July 22, 2014