Michael A. Herbenick, MD
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
http://orthodoc.aaos.org/michaelherbenick
Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
30 E. Apple Street, Suite 2200
Dayton, OH 45409 USA
Phone: (937) 208-2091  | Fax: (937) 208-6141
Copyright 2007 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Patient Safety Web Sites and Resources

If you want more information about patient safety, here is a list of reliable Web resources that you may want to check.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (http://www.ahrq.gov/)

The AHRQ is part of the US Dept of Health & Human Services. Among their patient fact sheets are:

20 tips to help prevent medical errors20 tips to help prevent medical errors (http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/20tips.htm)

20 tips to help prevent medical errors in children20 tips to help prevent medical errors in children (http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/20tipkid.htm)

Your Medicine: Play It SafeYour Medicine: Play It Safe (http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/safemeds/safemeds.htm)

American Academy of Neurology American Academy of Neurology (http://www.aan.com/go/practice/patientsafety)

Primarily directed to physicians, the Patient Safety Workgroup was established by the American Academy of Neurology in response to the Institute of Medicine Report.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (http://www.aaos.org/)

The AAOS Patient SafetyThe AAOS Patient Safety (http://patientsafety.aaos.org/) Web site has links to various articles, press releases and position statements on patient safety related to orthopaedics. Both consumer and clinical information is included.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (http://www.aap.org/)

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American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians (http://www.acponline.org/ptsafety/?idx) (ACP)/American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM)

Patient safety tips, continuing medical education, etc., directed primarily to physicians.

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ACS views on legislative, regulatory and other issues, including patient safety, directed primarily to physicians.

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NPSF Clearinghouse link to bibliography of patient safety literature - extensive listing of references for medical error reduction research.

Amednews.comAmednews.com (http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2001/08/06/prsc0806.htm)

American Medical News; occasional articles on patient safety.

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The ASDS has become increasingly concerned about the proliferation of non-physicians practicing medicine and its impact on patient safety. Site has physician and patient information.

American Society of Health-System PharmacistsAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists (http://www.safemedication.com/)

Consumer-oriented site on medication safety.

Anesthesiologists Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)Anesthesiologists Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) (http://www.apsf.org/)

Primarily clinical information directed to health care professonals on the nature, causes, and prevention of anesthetic injuries.

Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) (http://www.apsf.net.au/)

The Australian Patient Safety Foundation Inc. (APSF) is a non-profit independent organization dedicated to the advancement of patient safety.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/)

Information on all of the Agency's programs, initiatives, including quality initiatives, and priorities. Has both consumer and professional sections.

Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI)Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) (http://www.ecri.org/Patients/References/Pages/default.aspx)

Patient reference guides on clinical trials and bone marrow transplants.

Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological HealthFood and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh)

Safety Alerts, Public Health Advisories and Notices from CDRH.

FDA Patient Safety NewsFDA Patient Safety News (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfTopic/psn/index.cfm)

FDA Patient Safety News is a televised series for health care personnel, carried on satellite broadcast networkssatellite broadcast networks (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/viewbroadcasts.cfm) aimed at hospitals and other medical facilities across the country. Each edition features information on new medical devices on FDA safety notifications and product recalls, and on ways to protect patients when using medical devices.

HC Pro's Accreditinfo.comHC Pro's Accreditinfo.com (http://www.hcpro.com/index.cfm?)

Designed for health care professionals; includes a Patient Safety Monitor Archive

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) (http://www.ismp.org/)

The ISMP is a nonprofit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention.

International Patient Safety CenterInternational Patient Safety Center (http://www.jcipatientsafety.org/)

The JCAHO/Joint Commission Resources-sponsored site serves as a major, central repository of resources and information on patient safety. Its content is relevant for patients and their families, as well as employers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and health care organizations worldwide.

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) (http://jama.ama-assn.org/)

Professional medical journal that carries occasional stories on patient safety studies and research.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare OrganizationsJoint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (http://www.jcaho.org/) (JCAHO)

Facts about Patient Safety requirements for healthcare organizations to become accredited.

The Leapfrog GroupThe Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/)

Information for consumers and healthcare professionals on ways to help save lives and reduce preventable medical mistakes.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical ErrorsMassachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors (http://www.macoalition.org/)

Information for consumers and healthcare professionals on ways to improve patient safety and minimize medical errors in Massachusetts.

Minnesota Alliance for Patient SafetyMinnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (http://www.mnpatientsafety.org/)

Tools and resources for healthcare organizations to improve patient safety.

National Academy of Sciences - Institute of Medicine (IOM)National Academy of Sciences - Institute of Medicine (IOM) (http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3809/4629.aspx)

Primarily for healthcare professsionals, the IOM's Development of Patient Safety Data Standards Project is designed to help collect, code and classify patient safety information.

National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS)National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) (http://www.patientsafety.gov/)

Veterans' Administration site designed to help reduce and preventing adverse medical events while enhancing the care given our patients.

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Patient safety site focusing on events in the United Kingdom.

National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) (http://www.npsf.org/)

Primarily for healthcare professionals; dedicated to measurably improving patient safety in the delivery of health care.

National Quality Forum (NQF)National Quality Forum (NQF) (http://www.qualityforum.org/)

Primarily for healthcare professionals, this not-for-profit membership organization hopes to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.

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Sign-up page for a variety of e-mail lists, including safety alerts.

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Consumer tips on safeguarding your health.

Partnership for Patient SafetyPartnership for Patient Safety (http://www.p4ps.org/)

A patient-centered initiative to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide.

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Information for patients from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses.

Patient Safety InstitutePatient Safety Institute (http://www.ptsafety.org/)

PSI is a non-profit, collaborative and voluntary initiative to provide strictly confidential real-time access to critical clinical information at the point of care; designed primarily for healthcare providers.

Premier Safety InstitutePremier Safety Institute (http://www.premierinc.com/quality-safety/tools-services/safety/topics/)

A group of hospitals and healthcare institutions providing informaton on safety topics for healthcare workers and consumers.

Public Policy OfficePublic Policy Office (http://www.apa.org/ppo/issues/smederrors.html)

American Psychological Association public policy page on medical errors and patient safety.

Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task ForceQuality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force (http://www.quic.gov/)

Patient fact sheets and reports about health care quality.

To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health Care SystemTo Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System (http://www.nap.edu/books/0309068371/html)

The Institute of Medicine's report on patient safety. Read it free online.

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Press release on improving patient safety and preventing medical errors.

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General principles for patient safety reporting systems.

Last reviewed: July 2007
AAOS does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products, or physicians referenced herein. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific orthopaedic advice or assistance should consult his or her orthopaedic surgeon, or locate one in your area through the AAOS "Find an Orthopaedist" program on this website.
Copyright 2007 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Related Links
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (http://www.ahrq.gov/)
20 tips to help prevent medical errors (http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/20tips.htm)
20 tips to help prevent medical errors in children (http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/20tipkid.htm)
Your Medicine: Play It Safe (http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/safemeds/safemeds.htm)
American Academy of Neurology (http://www.aan.com/go/practice/patientsafety)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (http://www.aaos.org/)
The AAOS Patient Safety (http://patientsafety.aaos.org/)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (http://www.aap.org/)
American College of Physicians (http://www.acponline.org/ptsafety/?idx)
Amednews.com (http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2001/08/06/prsc0806.htm)
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (http://www.safemedication.com/)
Anesthesiologists Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) (http://www.apsf.org/)
Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) (http://www.apsf.net.au/)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/)
Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) (http://www.ecri.org/Patients/References/Pages/default.aspx)
Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh)
FDA Patient Safety News (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfTopic/psn/index.cfm)
satellite broadcast networks (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/viewbroadcasts.cfm)
HC Pro's Accreditinfo.com (http://www.hcpro.com/index.cfm?)
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) (http://www.ismp.org/)
International Patient Safety Center (http://www.jcipatientsafety.org/)
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) (http://jama.ama-assn.org/)
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (http://www.jcaho.org/)
The Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/)
Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors (http://www.macoalition.org/)
Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (http://www.mnpatientsafety.org/)
National Academy of Sciences - Institute of Medicine (IOM) (http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3809/4629.aspx)
National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) (http://www.patientsafety.gov/)
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) (http://www.npsf.org/)
National Quality Forum (NQF) (http://www.qualityforum.org/)
Partnership for Patient Safety (http://www.p4ps.org/)
Patient Safety Institute (http://www.ptsafety.org/)
Premier Safety Institute (http://www.premierinc.com/quality-safety/tools-services/safety/topics/)
Public Policy Office (http://www.apa.org/ppo/issues/smederrors.html)
Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force (http://www.quic.gov/)
To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System (http://www.nap.edu/books/0309068371/html)
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