AHRQ Releases Toolkits to Help Providers and Patients Implement Safer HealthCare Practices
MedSun: Newsletter #20, January 2008

An array of toolkits designed to help doctors, nurses, hospital managers, patients and others reduce medical errors was released today by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The 17 toolkits, developed by AHRQ-funded experts who specialize in patient safety research, are free, publicly available, and can be adapted to most healthcare settings. The toolkits range from checklists to help reconcile medications when patients are discharged from the hospital to processes to enhance effective communication among caregivers and with patients to toolkits to help patients taking medications.

The toolkits were developed through AHRQ’s Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS) program. Researchers who developed the toolkits examined best practices in a variety of healthcare settings, including small rural facilities, large urban hospitals, health clinics, and hospital emergency departments. They also studied patient safety interventions among diverse populations, including children and older patients.

In addition, the 17 PIPS toolkits correlate with the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals, which promote system wide improvements in patient safety.

Additional Information:

For more information and a complete listing of the 17 toolkits, visit
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/pips


MedSun Newsletters are available at www.fda.gov/cdrh/medsun