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National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) were established in 2002 to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regards to patient safety. The 2016 Critical Access Hospital Patient Safety Goals lists the key goals for 2016.

AHRQ Patient Safety Primers

The PSNet (Patient Safety Network), an AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Program, provides extensive patient safety information for clinicians. Included among the many offerings are the Patient Safety Primers which address numerous topics including handoffs, teamwork, communication, etc. These Primers guide you through key patient safety concepts; each primer defines and topic, offers background information on epidemiology and context, and highlights relevant content.

Adverse drug events are likely the most common source of preventable harm in both hospitalized and ambulatory patients, and can occur at any stage of the medication use pathway. The NCC MERP Medication Error Index Algorithm and Diagram classify errors according to the severity of the outcome in an effort to help clinicians and institutions track medication errors in a consistent, systematic manner, learn from these errors and devise prevention strategies.

MERP Error Classification Algorithm
MERP Error Classification Diagram

Root Cause Analysis provides a framework to ensure that efforts undertaken in performing RCA2 will result in the identification and implementation of sustainable systems-based improvements that make patient care safer in settings across the continuum of care.

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