New list of patient safety practices released

7 May 2013 | Medication Safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has updated its list analysing the strength of evidence for patient safety practices.

AHRQ has released Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices. The new report is an update of the AHRQ’s 2001 report, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices.

In its latest report, the AHRQ analyses the growing body of patient safety research to determine the evidence for the outcomes of safety strategies. It also looks at the implementation, adoption and context of using safety strategies.

After analysing 41 patient safety practices, an international panel of safety experts identified 22 strategies that are ready for adoption. The strategies were chosen on the basis that enough evidence exists to advise health systems and institutions to begin implementing them to improve the safety and quality of health care.

The 22 recommended strategies include the “Do Not Use” list for hazardous abbreviations (the Commission’s version of this list is called “Error-prone”).

Making Health Care Safer II also identifies 12 patients safety strategies that health systems and institutions are encouraged to adopt based on the strength and quality of evidence. The list of 12 strategies includes medicine reconciliation.

For the full list of safety strategies in Making Health Care Safer II, see the AHRQ website.

Last updated 07/05/2013