Volume 7 Issue 121
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-May-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Thirty safe practices for better health care

This fact sheet presents 30 safe practices that can work to reduce or prevent adverse events and medication errors. These practices can be universally adopted by all applicable health care settings to reduce the risk of harm to patients. The practices are derived from a 2003 consensus report developed by the National Quality Forum. more  

National Center for Patient Safety: Falls safety notebook 2004

The National Center for Patient Safety created the Falls Toolkit to assist VA facilities in implementing or improving falls prevention efforts. The toolkit provides information on (1) designing a falls prevention and management program; (2) effective interventions for high-risk fall patients; (3) implementing hip protectors for high-risk fall patients; and (4) educating patients, families, and staff on falls and fall-injury prevention. This is a large file. PDF format, 3.2 MB. more

JCAHO look alike/sound alike drugs: 2004

The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) compiled this list to guide health care facilities in preventing medication mishaps that result from similar drug names. A comparative table, examples of related errors, and safety strategies to minimize opportunities for these systems failures are provided. more  

ISMP list of error-prone abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations

A handy list for medical personnel to ensure and implement safe prescribing practices by avoiding use of these dangerous shortcuts. more

Hand hygiene in healthcare settings 

The hand hygiene guidelines were developed by the CDC's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), in collaboration with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA). The hand hygiene guidelines are part of an overall CDC strategy to reduce infections in health care settings to promote patient safety. more

Your medicine: Play it safe 

This guide assists consumers in learning how to take medications safely. The guide answers common questions about medication use and includes forms for tracking relevant information. Patient Guide. AHRQ Publication. more

Checklist/action plan for the management of high-alert medications

This classic document provides organizational guidance for the safe use of high-alert medications. It is repurposed here and adapted for ease of use from Michael Cohen's classic 1999 book Medication Errors. Patient Guide. AHRQ Publication. more


Sources for better patient safety appear in today's issue of Vidyya.