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Improving patient safety has always been the top priority for hospitals and is fundamental to delivering quality health services. Hospitals should assess their processes, identify optimization opportunities, and implement evidence-based practices to create a culture of safety. Please note: on some web browsers, document links may automatically download to your computer rather than open up on your screen.

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Ventilator-Associated Events Tracer Tool
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool to survey and evaluate their processes for reducing ventilator-associate events, with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 07/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 9 2021 2:44PM  
Tracer Tool Action Plan
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool companion document to track quality improvement progress.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 06/21/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 21 2021 2:02PM  
Quality Improvement Worksheet for Testing Change
Hospitals can use this worksheet to track organizational improvement changes through the Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/27/2021    Date Last Modified: May 27 2021 5:52PM  
Surgical Site Infection Reduction Tracer
Hospitals can use this tracer tool to survey and evaluate their processes for surgical site infections (SSI), with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 05/17/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 7 2021 3:21PM  
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Tracer
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool to survey and evaluate their processes for catheter-associated urinary tract infections, with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 05/14/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2021 5:22PM  
Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Tracer
Hospitals can use this tracer tool to survey and evaluate their processes for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 05/14/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 7 2021 2:11PM  
Hospital Readmissions Tracer Tool
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool to survey and evaluate their processes for reducing patient readmissions, with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 05/12/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 7 2021 3:15PM  
Adverse Drug Event Tracer: Hypoglycemic Agents
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool to survey and evaluate their processes for adverse drug events regarding hypoglycemic agents, with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 05/10/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2021 5:12PM  
Practice Guidelines for Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
In an effort to get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that remove a requirement tied to certain training certification, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people.
Web link    Date Added: 05/10/2021    Date Last Modified: May 10 2021 8:30PM  
Falls Tracer Tool
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool to survey and evaluate their processes for preventing falls, with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 05/10/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 7 2021 2:16PM  
Adverse Drug Event Tracer: Opioids
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool to survey and evaluate their processes for adverse drug events regarding opioids, with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 04/14/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2021 5:16PM  
Adverse Drug Event Tracer: Anticoagulation Agents
Hospitals can use this Tracer Tool to survey and evaluate their processes for adverse drug events regarding anticoagulants, with the goal of providing safe, high-quality patient care.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 04/14/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2021 3:54PM  
Ventilator-associated Events (VAE) Process Improvement Discovery Tool
The Process Improvement Discovery Tool helps hospitals provide safer patient care by identifying process improvement opportunities for ventilator-associated events.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/24/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 7 2021 3:07PM  
Injury from Falls Process Improvement Discovery Tool
The Process Improvement Discovery Tool helps hospitals provide safer patient care by identifying process improvement opportunities to reduce injury from falls.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/24/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 21 2021 12:49PM  
Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE) Top Ten Checklist
A checklist for hospitals to review current interventions, or initiate new ones, for VAE reduction in your facility.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 21 2021 1:06PM  
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Process Improvement Discovery Tool
The Process Improvement Discovery Tool helps hospitals provide safer patient care by identifying improvement opportunities to reduce harm from venous thromboembolism.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 7 2021 3:10PM  
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Top Ten Checklist
A checklist for hospitals to assess current practices to prevent harm from VTE-associated events in your facility.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 21 2021 1:11PM  
Injury from Falls Top Ten Checklist
A checklist for hospitals to review fall prevention measures in your facility.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/05/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 21 2021 1:21PM  
Hospital Quality Improvement Program Updates
QualityNet, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides health care quality improvement news, resources, and data reporting tools and applications for providers and others.
Web link    Date Added: 02/22/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 22 2021 11:09AM  
Tips and Tools for Reporting CY 2020 eCQMs: On-demand Webinar
This event will provide information for successful submission of CY 2020 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and Promoting Interoperability Program.
Web link    Date Added: 12/23/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 23 2020 10:12AM  
Quarter 3 (Q3) 2020 Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program Checklist
The Q3 2020 Hospital IQR Program Checklist, available on the Quality Reporting Center website, will assist you in meeting your Q3 2020 Hospital IQR Program requirements.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/23/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 23 2020 12:35PM  
National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB), 2020-2025, presents actions that the United States Government will take in the next five years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Americans by changing the course of antibiotic resistance.
Web link    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 7:00PM  
Engaging Patients and Families as Safety Champions and Change Leaders
Improving safety culture in any health care setting involves engaging all team members. This webinar helps established team leaders from the bedside to the board room and across the care continuum discover how to use evidence-based teamwork tools to engage patients and family member as safety champions.
Video    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 8:02PM  
AHRQ 10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shares 10 patient safety tips hospital staff can implement to prevent medical errors and adverse events.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 8:23PM  
Pneumococcal Vaccine Timing for Adults
Make sure your patients are up-to-date with pneumococcal vaccination with this CDC guidance on pneumococcal vaccine timing for adults.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 8:13PM  
What is Patient Safety?
Watch this brief video from the Leapfrog Hospital Group that highlights the two most common harms patients experience in a hospital setting and how to prevent them.
Video    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 8:29PM