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Medical Errors

  • Australian Patient Safety Foundation - The Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) is a non-profit, independent organisation dedicated to the advancement of patient safety. The site includes information on APSF history and objectives, incident reporting and monitoring, products including the Australian Incident Monitoring System (AIMS), research publications including patient safety reports and a journals bibliography, a detailed patient safety links page and the APSF newsletters.

  • Introduction to patient safety e-learning programme - The Introduction to Patient Safety E-Learning Programme (IPSEL) has been created by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) as a tool for guiding all NHS staff through the process of patient safety. The programme has seven modules including: an introduction to patient safety, guidance and support, patient safety reporting, team working, infusion devices and misidentification.

  • Medical Error - The purpose of this site is to serve as a starting point for those interested in exploring the ethical aspects of clinical error. Clinical errors go by many names, including "medical errors," "medication errors," "iatrogenesis," and "adverse events."

  • National Patient Safety Agency - The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) was established in July 2001 as a special health authority with responsibility for establishing and running a national reporting system to "record adverse events and near misses in health care and ensure that lessons learnt in one part of the NHS are properly shared with the whole of the health service."

  • National Patient Safety Foundation - The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is an American resource dedicated to individuals and organisations committed to improving the safety of patients and "leading the transition from a culture of blame to a culture of safety". This Web site provides information on educational and research programmes, applications and learning, NPSF resources, links, patient safety definitions, bibliography and tools, quality of care, NPSF news and a discussion forum. Fact sheets on patient safety issues (downloadable in PDF, requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader) are also available from the site.

  • Prevention of Medical Errors - According to the Healthgrades, Inc. Report of 8/1/04, 195,000 people lose their lives in hospitals each year due to avoidable medical and nursing errors. Hospital mistakes and medical errors are the Fifth Leading Cause of Death in the United States.

  • Strategies for hospitals to improve patient safety : a review of the research - This report, published as a joint initiative of The Change Foundation and the Ontario Hospital Association in February 2004, is a synthesis of research on strategies to improve patient safety. Aimed at hospital managers and frontline workers, it focuses on preventable adverse events and presents a range of safety strategies at clinical and organisational level. [PDF Document]

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