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ASHRM Celebrates National Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 8-14, 2020
The American Society for Health Care Risk Management recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week and the role in which patient safety professionals contribute to ASHRM’s mission of advancing patient safety, reducing uncertainty and maximizing value.

This year in observation of Patient Safety Awareness Week, we encourage members to share the following resources with their peers to increase awareness about patient safety and best practices in the field.

Earn Your Patient Safety Certificate

Blended Learning Program Offered Twice in 2020

The Patient Safety Certificate Program is designed to assist health care risk management and patient safety professionals apply key patient safety concepts to support improved patient care and outcomes. Participants will review patient safety concepts and learn to effectively apply them to effect positive change in their organization. The certificate program combines an online component with in-person learning.

ASHRM Academy 2020 – April 20-23, Atlanta
ASHRM Academy 2020 is an educational retreat featuring all of ASHRM’s top-rated professional development programs. Registration is now open – reserve a spot by March 13 to save on registration.

ASHRM 2020 Pre-Conference – October 11-14, Phoenix
The ASHRM Annual Conference heads to the Phoenix this October. Registration for pre-conference and the general sessions opens in late Spring 2020.

New Patient Safety Awareness Week Activities and Tools

High Acuity Patient External Transfer Handoff Guidance Tool
Handoff communication is an integral part of health care. Throughout the medical continuum, inadequate handoff communication is recognized as a potential risk to patients. The complexity of transferring patients to higher acuity care puts these patients at higher risk of communication lapses. This tool will assist the care provider in providing key communication elements to assist in safe transfer of these patients.

Patient Safety Word Search
A fun way to practice your patient safety vocabulary. This word search contains commonly-used terms in patient safety. Answer sheet

ASHRM Whitepapers & Toolkits on Patient Safety

High Acuity Patient External Transfer Handoff Guidance Tool

Serious Safety Events: A Focus on Harm Classification – Deviation in Care as Link Getting to Zero White Paper Edition No. 2 (PDF) (October 2014)

Serious Safety Events: Getting to Zero White Paper Edition No. 1 (PDF) (October 2012)

Disclosure of Unanticipated Events (PDF) (2013)

ASHRM Active Risk Control (ARC) Toolkit

ASHRM Patient Safety Reference Books


ASHRM Health Care Risk Management Fundamentals is a gateway resource for new and seasoned health care risk management professionals. It will help readers understand the fundamentals of risk management and Enterprise Risk Management and provide insights into the risk associated with all of the moving parts of a health care organization.

This text utilizes the ERM model to illuminate the fundamental domains of health care risk management including Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety, the Legal and Regulatory Environment, Claims and Litigation and Risk Financing.




Physician Office Risk Management Playbook
Get the resources you need to manage risk in physician office practices. This playbook is your go-to reference for tools and references on risk management issues including follow up of test results, missed appointments, medical records, patient communication, scope of practice issues, patient termination and much.




Patient Safety Risk Management Playbook
Gain the knowledge to promote an enterprise risk management program that enhances patient safety and demonstrates added value with ASHRM’s Patient Safety Playbook. The book will help you become a more knowledgeable and confident health care risk manager through the use of data and metrics, an approach that supports patient safety and risk reduction programs and initiatives. 




ASHRM Root Cause Analysis Playbook
The ASHRM Root Cause Analysis Playbook is an invaluable resource for when harmful patient safety events happen in your health care facility. This Playbook gives risk managers of all experience levels an industry-proven template for responding to these sentinel events, with a clearly-framed step-by-step approach to RCA. This book also contains all of the leading RCA tools in one place, from fault trees to approximate cause analysis, as well as guidance on how to choose the right response team and ask the right interview questions.