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Resource Links on Patient Safety and RCAs

These links provide important information to support the development of safety programs and the preparation of RCAs.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Federal Drug Administration (FDA):

The FDA MedWatch program collects reports of adverse reactions to pharmacologic and biologic agents and medical product problems and issues periodic MedWatch Alerts regarding a problem or potential problem with a drug or medical device. This site is a timely safety information gateway on drugs and other medical products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI):

IHI offers resources and services to help health care organizations make long lasting improvements that enhance clinical outcomes and reduce costs.

National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF):

The NPSF mission is to create a core body of knowledge about patient safety, identify pathways to apply that knowledge and develop and enhance a culture of receptivity by raising public awareness about patient safety.

National Quality Forum (NQF):

The National Quality forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in healthcare. NQF is a forum, and we are listening and making improvements that respond to the needs of our healthcare partners, while simultaneously making sure membership is a meaningful experience.

Patient Safety Authority (PSA):

The PSA in neighboring Pennslvania is an independent state agency charged with reducing and eliminating medical errors by identifying problems and recommending solutions that promote patient safety in hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities and birthing centers. PSA periodically issues a PSA Advisory which addresses patient safety issues.

Patient Safety Network (PSNet):

PSNet is a one-stop portal of resources developed by the Agency for Healthcare and Quality for improving patient safety and preventing adverse medical events that can be customized to the user’s area of interest.

Web M&M:

This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Web M&M monthly online journal and forum on patient safety features expert analysis of anonymously report medical errors, interactive learning modules on patient safety and forums for online discussion.