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Patient Safety Toolkit

Patient Safety Toolkit



You can help prevent medical errors by being an active member of your health care team. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. To reduce the risk of medical errors, you can

  • Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns. Take a relative or friend to your doctor appointment to help you ask questions and understand answers.
  • Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery
  • Tell your health care providers about all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. Tell them if you have any allergies or bad reactions to anesthesia. Make sure you know how to take your medications correctly.
  • Get a second opinion about treatment options
  • Keep a copy of your own health history
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality via MedlinePlus

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Regulations & Guidelines                     


Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report

AHRQ Patient Safety Network


(1) WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide

Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide

(2) Patient Safety

(3) Features: patient safety

(4) WHO guidelines on patient safety

(5) Patient Safety 

 AAPD Policy on Patient Safety
The Joint Commission Patient Safety

Patient Safety 

(In multiple languages)

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Best Practices                  
Key Learnings

Patients can be harmed from health care, resulting in permanent injury, increased lengths of stay in hospital and even death. Adverse events occur not because people intentionally hurt patients, but
rather due to the complexity of health-care systems, where treatment and care depend on
many factors, in addition to the competence of health-care providers. When so many and
varied types of health-care providers, such as dentists, dieticians, doctors, midwives, nurses,
surgeons, pharmacists, social workers, and others are involved, it can be difficult to ensure
safe care, unless the system is designed to facilitate the delivery of quality and safe services. Source: WHO
Related Articles

(1) Transferring Knowledge on Patient Safety

(2) Disinfection and Sterilization

(3) News from MedlinePlus


(1) Safe Surgery Saves Lives Frequently Asked Questions 

(2) 2020 National Patient Safety Goals 

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Instructional Resources                  
Videos  CDC Expert Commentaries on Medscape
Fact Sheets

(1) Patient Safety and Performance Measurement Fact Sheets 

(2) An Overview of the WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide: Multi-professional Edition 

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Patient Resources               

Patient Safety: Ten Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient 

National Patient Safety Foundation

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