Patient Safety Resources

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

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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
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
American Hospital Association (AHA)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
American Pharmacists Association
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)
Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Leapfrog Group
National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC)
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
National Quality Forum (NQF)
Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS)
Patient Safety Institute (PSI)
Patient Safety Officer Society (PSOS)
Risk Management Foundation (RMF)
US Pharmacopeia (USP)
VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS)


Federal (U.S.) Organizations

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


Regional Organizations/ Coalitions

Illinois Hospital Association
Maryland Patient Safety Coalition
Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA)
Michigan Health & Safety Coalition
Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety
Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership (MHHP)
National Academy for State Health Policy
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative
University of Texas Medical Branch
Iowa Department of Public Health
Washington Patient Safety Coalition
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
Wisconsin Patient Safety Institute


International Organizations/Coalitions

Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)
Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety
World Health Organization (search “patient safety”)



Harvard School of Public Health Click Here for more information

National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and
Prevention (NCC MERP)

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
Kenneth B. Schwartz Center
Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK)
The Patient Safety Group


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):
  • 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
United States Senate


National (U.S.) Regulatory Activity

Federal Register


Programs/Initiatives in Pediatric and Adult Hospitals

American Academy of Pediatrics
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Johns Hopkins University Medical School
Pathways for Medication Safety