Patient Safety Toolkits from AHRQ

January 31, 2012
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has sets of toolkits designed to help health care institutions and clinicians provide—and consumers receive—safe, quality health care at various points in the health care process—in the hospital, in the emergency department, in the intensive care unit, in the pharmacy, and when being discharged from one setting to another.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has sets of toolkits designed to help health care institutions and clinicians provide—and consumers receive—safe, quality health care at various points in the health care process—in the hospital, in the emergency department, in the intensive care unit, in the pharmacy, and when being discharged from one setting to another.

The 17 toolkits were produced under AHRQ’s Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS) grant program and include multidisciplinary evidence-based tools, including training materials, medication guides and checklists, that are easily adapted to other institutions and care settings. 


Toolkits by Setting Type

Hospital — General 
Emergency Departments 
Hospital Care Units 
Outpatient Settings 
Consumer/Patient Care

Hospital—General – These toolkits contain evidence-based resources to help inpatient facilities improve performance around some of the most common and most serious patient safety problems faced by hospitals today.

Emergency Departments – These toolkits contain resources to help hospitals apply evidence-based safe practices in the Emergency Department (ED) to improve patient flow, implement a multidisciplinary simulation-based safety curriculum, and improve medication safety by implementing a formal ED pharmacist program.

Hospital Care Units – These toolkits contain resources to help hospitals apply evidence-based safe practices.

Outpatient Settings – These toolkits contain resources to help facilities address outpatient medication safety by applying evidence-based safe practices.

Consumer/Patient Care – These toolkits contain resources to help facilities educate consumers in medication safety and post-hospital care.

Additional toolkits may be added as they are developed and will be found at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/pips/