The Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry was created by President Clinton to "advise the President on changes occurring in the health care system and recommend such measures as may be necessary to promote and assure health care quality and value, and protect consumers and workers in the health care system." The site offers information on upcoming meetings and information released by government agencies on health care quality issues
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides a range of information on patient safety and medical errors, including information on ongoing research and information for consumers
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists - ASHP's Research and Education Foundation helps pharmacists and others understand and prevent medication errors and adverse drug events.
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management - Focuses on the role risk management plays in patient safety.
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation - Seeks to ensure patients are not harmed by the effects of anesthesia.
Aviation Safety Reporting System - a cooperative program established by the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of the Assistant Administrator for System Safety, and administered by NASA. It is a good example of an effective solution of anonymous reporting that has resulted in reduction of error.
Doing What Counts for Patient Safety:
Federal Aviation Safety Data - a model for addressing the recording of patient safety data provided by the practitioner.
Flight Safety Foundation - An international organization for everyone concerned with the safety of flight.
Food and Drug Administration - Here you can find the Spontaneous Reporting System (SRS) for adverse drug reactions
Healthcare 411 - A multimedia “one-stop resource” site for health care provider and patients. It contains the latest health care news and research findings via videos, articles and podcasts regarding a variety of health topics. Available in both English and Spanish.
Human Error Website - A repository for data on error rates in human cognitive processes.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement - Offers resources and services to help health care organizations make dramatic and long-lasting improvements that enhance clinical outcomes and reduce costs.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices - Extensive experience in medication error prevention methods and maintains reference articles covering this subject.
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations - Sentinel Events section includes policy, procedures, flow charts, publications, a glossary, and more.
MedWatch - The Food and Drug Administration's medical products reporting program.
National Committee for Quality Assurance - Information to make more informed decisions about chosing a managed health care plan by comparing plans based on quality.
National Patients Safety Foundation - Among the goals of the NPSF are: to assure patient safety in the delivery of health care, promote research on human and organizational error and prevention of avoidable patient injuries in health care, promote the application of knowledge to enhance patient safety, develop information, collaborative relationships and educational approaches that advance patient safety, and raise awareness and foster communications and dialogue to enhance patient safety.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a draft report with a lengthy list of evidence-backed safety practices (Making Healthcare Safer for Patients: Evidence-based Practices). NQF also developed a list of recommended events that should require public reporting (Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare).
National Safety Council - A nonprofit, nongovernmental, international public service organization dedicated to improving the safety, health and environmental well-being of all people.
National Transportation Safety Board - An independent investigating body whose methods for applying their safety recommendations to the transportation environment has distinct applications in health care.
North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF) - is a multi-disciplinary organization founded with the objective of improving patient care through the advancement of thrombosis education.
Premier “Safety Share” is a service of the Premier Safety Institute. The Web site is designed to provide you with a valuable resource for healthcare-related information and tools that enhance patient, worker, and environmental safety.
Quality Indicator Project - A project of the Maryland Hospital Association that serves as a tool to assist hospital leadership in overseeing patient care quality and identifying opportunities for improvement.
USP Center for Advancement of Patient Safety (CAPS) seeks to improve patient safetyby increasing awareness of medication errors, encouraging medication error reporting, and creating programs that help prevent and reduce medication errors. For more information on CAPS, visit the USP web site at www.usp.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Pharmacopeia - Promotes public health by establishing and disseminating official standards of quality and authoritative information for the use of medicines and other health care technologies by health professionals, patients and consumers.
VA Palo Alto HCS /Stanford University Simulation Center for Crisis Management Training in Health Care - An educational tool that has resulted in the reduction of error by simulating crisis for medical students.