provide important information to support the development of safety
programs and the preparation of RCAs.
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
National Center for Patient
The NCPS offers a unified and cohesive patient safety program, from
the Veterans’ Administration, for reducing and preventing adverse
medical events. This approach is based on prevention not punishment
and applies human factor analysis and the safety research of high reliability
organizations (aviation and nuclear power) targeted at identifying
and eliminating system vulnerabilities.
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
NJ Patient Safety Workshop:
The Department of Health (DOH), in conjunction with the
federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), sponsored a two- day
workshop on August 19th and 20th, "Making New Jersey a Model for Patient Safety."
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.
This Department of Health web site for health
care professionals gives current information on quality and patient
safety and includes extensive links, materials and meetings.
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.