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    ASHRM has identified the following resources on patient safety to assist you in identifying useful information and helpful contacts.

    To ensure you are viewing the most up-to-date information on any of the web-based resources, you may want to start at the home page and then progress to the pages with patient safety content.

    Please report any broken links and forward suggestions for additional resources to ashrm@aha.org. Commercial web sites and products other than patient safety books and publications will not be considered for inclusion.

    National Organizations
    Federal (U.S.) Organizations
    Regional Organizations/Coalitions
    International Organizations/Coalitions
    Advocacy Groups
    Publications and Books
    National (U.S.) Legislative Activity
    National (U.S.) Regulatory Activity
    Programs/Initiatives in Pediatric and Adult Hospitals


    National Organizations

    The following organizations actively identify and report on patient safety-related issues. Please note some may charge or require registration for access, in which case you must contact the organization directly for subscription information.

    American Association of Medical Colleges www.aamc.org
    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) www.anesthesiapatientsafety.com
    American Hospital Association (AHA) www.aha.org
    American Medical Association (AMA) www.ama-assn.org
    American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) www.aone.org
    American Pharmacists Association www.pharmacyandyou.org
    American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) www.asahq.org
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) www.ashp.com
    Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) www.apsf.org
    Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis www.preventdvt.org
    ECRI www.ecri.org
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) www.ihi.org
    Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) www.ismp.org
    Institute of Medicine (IOM) www.iom.edu
    Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations www.jcaho.org
    Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety www.jcipatientsafety.org
    Kaiser Family Foundation www.kaisernetwork.org
    The Leapfrog Group www.leapfroggroup.org
    National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) www.nchc.org
    National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) www.ncqa.org
    National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) www.talkaboutrx.org
    National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) www.npsf.org
    National Quality Forum (NQF) www.qualityforum.org
    Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS) www.p4ps.org
    Patient Safety Institute (PSI) www.ptsafety.org
    Patient Safety Officer Society (PSOS) www.psos.org
    QualityHealthCare.org www.qualityhealthcare.org
    Risk Management Foundation (RMF) www.rmf.harvard.edu/patientsafety
    US Pharmacopeia (USP) www.usp.org
    VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) www.patientsafety.gov


    Federal (U.S.) Organizations

    Agency for Healthcare Quality (AHRQ) www.ahrq.gov
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) www.cms.gov
    Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) www.hhs.gov
    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) www.va.gov and VA directive on disclosure Disclosure of Adverse Events to Patients (PDF)
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) www.fda.gov


    Regional Organizations/ Coalitions

    Illinois Hospital Association www.ihatoday.org
    Maryland Patient Safety Coalition www.mhcc.state.md.us/patient_safety
    Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) www.mhalink.org
    Michigan Health & Safety Coalition www.mihealthandsafety.org
    Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety www.mnpatientsafety.org
    Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership (MHHP)
    National Academy for State Health Policy www.nashp.org
    Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
    Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative www.prhi.org
    University of Texas Medical Branch www.utmb.edu/patientsafety
    Iowa Department of Public Health www.idph.state.ia.us
    Washington Patient Safety Coalition www.wapatientsafety.org
    Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
    Wisconsin Patient Safety Institute www.wpsi.org


    International Organizations/Coalitions

    Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) www.apsf.net.au
    Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety www.jcipatientsafety.org
    World Health Organization www.who.int (search “patient safety”)



    Harvard School of Public Health Click Here for more information

    National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and
    Prevention (NCC MERP) www.nccmerp.org

    Online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs and resources Click Here for more information


    Advocacy Groups

    Foundations/organizations mentioned in this section were formed from personal experiences with medical error.

    Dana Farber Center for Patient Safety www.dfci.harva
    Josie King Foundation www.josieking.org
    Kenneth B. Schwartz Center www.theschwartzcenter.org
    Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK) www.pickonline.org
    The Patient Safety Group www.patientsafetygroup.org


    Publications and Books

    • Clinical Risk Management: Enhancing Patient Safety, 2nd Ed.; Charles Vincent, Editor (BMJ Books; 2001)
    • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science; Atul Gawande, MD (Picador; 2003)
    • Human Error; James Reason (Cambridge University Press; 1990)
    • Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes; Robert Wachter, MD, and Kaveh Shojania, MD (Rugged Land; 2004)
    • ISMP Quarterly Action Agenda (latest edition): http://www.ismp.org/MSAarticles/A2Q04Action.htm
    • Patient Safety: Principles and Practice; William Runcieman (BMJ Books; 2004)
    • Quality Improvement, Patient Safety & Efficiency in Outpatient Practice; Margaret A. Curtin, MPA, CPHRM, DFASHRM, Patient Safety Fellow (2011) Download now.
    • The Patient Safety Handbook; Barbara Youngberg and Martin Hatlie (Jones & Bartlett; 2003)
    • Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes that Kill of Injure Millions of Americans; Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh (Lifeline Press; 2003)


    National (U.S.) Legislative Activity

    United States House of Representatives www.house.gov
    United States Senate www.senate.gov


    National (U.S.) Regulatory Activity

    Federal Register www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html


    Programs/Initiatives in Pediatric and Adult Hospitals

    American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org/en-us/search/pages/results.aspx?k=Patient%20SAfety
    Brigham and Women's Hospital www.brighamandwomens.org
    Johns Hopkins University Medical School www.hopkinsmedicine.org/patients/safety
    NACHRI www.nachri.org/nachri/news/pr_jama.html
    Pathways for Medication Safety www.medpathways.info