World Health Organization's Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030

WHO's Global Patient Safety Action Plan

Towards eliminating avoidable harm in health care


Quality & Patient Safety Websites

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ's mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

AHRQ - National Quality Measures Clearinghouse

NQMC is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets. An initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet)

Latest news and essential resources on patient safety.

PSNet (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) - AHRQ

AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) is a national web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety.

American College of Medical Quality (AACMQ)

The mission of the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ) is to provide leadership and education in healthcare quality management.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

AAMC Initiatives include integrating quality and improving health equity.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - Quality of Care Center

CMS reports, quality initiatives, patient assessment instruments, contractors and projects

FDA - MedWatch

FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. - Federal Resources for Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Health care-associated infections (HAIs), adverse drug events, federal resources for health care quality From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS)

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America's health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. From National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

Health Technology Assessment Database Canadian Repository

The NIHR HTA database provides free access to bibliographic information about ongoing and published health technology assessments. 15,000+ in progress and published health technology assessments from around the world.

HHS Measures Inventory

Repository of measures in use or in development by the agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for quality measurement, improvement, and reporting.

HRSA - Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

Medication safety tools and resources from the nation's only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use.

Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.

The Joint Commission

Performance measurement, standards, patient safety. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.The 2013 Hospital Accreditation Standards are available at Matas Library Ready Reference (WX 15 Ac2).

Hospital Compare

Information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals. Find hospitals and compare the quality of their care.

National Patient Safety Foundation

Programs and resources to advance patient safety.


Incidentally, the Swiss cheese model below represents barriers or protections against error in the system. The holes in the cheese represent latent or hidden failures. When the holes line up, an error occurs. 

Please visit the page found here to view the National Awards and honors that SMH has received as a result of not only a strong commitment to Quality Heathcare - Patient Safety, but also towards promoting a Culture of Safety.  

World Health Organization's Global Patient Safety Challenge

Medication Without Harm aims to reduce severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50%, globally in the next 5 years.

WHO's Strategic Framework of the Global Patient Safety

WHO's Strategic Framework of the Global Patient Safety Challenge


2023 National Patient Safety Goals - Hospital Program

Below you will find a recent review of the literature that corresponds to each topic of the 2023 National Patient Safety Goals for the Hospital Program.  Click on the link to access the full-text version of the article. 

Goal : Identify Patients Correctly: NPSG.01.01.01

PDF iconA facial recognition Mobile App for patient safety and biometric Identification - design, development and validation.pdf

PDF iconInterventions to reduce patient identification errors in the hospital setting - a systematic review protocol.pdf

PDF iconJoint Commission Advisory Addresses Ensuring Accurate Patient Identification..pdf

PDF iconPatient identification techniques - approaches, implications, and findings.pdf

PDF iconPatient identification -the foundation for a culture of patient safety 2003.pdf


Goal : Improve Staff Communication: NPSG.02.03.01

PDF iconBy the Light of Day - Quality, Safety, and Education During the Overnight Admission Handoff.pdf

PDF iconDecreasing the Lag Between Result Availability and DecisionMaking in the Emergency Department Using Push Notification.pdf

PDF iconFramework for Analyzing Wait Times and Other Factors that Impact Patient Satisfaction in the Emergency Department.pdf

PDF iconToward the Development of the Perfect Medical Team - Critical Components for Adaptation.pdf


Goal: Improve the safety of using medications: NPSG.03.04.01 

PDF iconDevelopment of a behavioral change strategy to improve the safety of nursing medical administration.pdf

PDF iconImpact of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Team on Reducing Antiretroviral Medication Errors.pdf

PDF iconPerioperative Pain Management and Opioid Stewardship - A Practical Guide.pdf

PDF iconQuality Improvement initiative to improve antibiotic stewardship at federally qualified Health Center.pdf

Goal: Use alarms safely: NPSG.06.01.01
Goal: Prevent infection and follow CDC guidelines for hand cleaning: NPSG.07.01.01

PDF iconEstablishing the Foundation to Support Health System Quality Improvement - Using a Hand Hygiene Initiative to Define the Process.pdf

PDF iconHand Hygiene - Lisa Spruce - AORN March 2021.pdf

PDF iconPatients’ Hand Washing and Reducing Hospital Aquired Infection.pdf

PDF iconSystems for Monitoring Hands Hygiene of Medical Staff in Hospitals.pdf

PDF iconUse of a patient hand hygiene protocol to reduce hospital-acquired infections and improve nurses' hand washing.pdf


Goal: Identify patient safety risks: NPSG.15.01.01 

PDF iconAcute and intensive care nurses' perspectives on suicide prevention with medically hospitalized patients -Exploring barriers, facilitators, interests, and training opportunities.pdf

PDF iconDepression and Suicide Risk Screening -Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force.pdf

PDF iconScreening for Adolescent Depression and Suicide Risk.pdf

PDF iconShared understanding of resilient practices in the context of inpatient suicide prevention - a narrative synthesis..pdf


Goal: Prevent mistakes in surgery: UP.01.01.01

PDF iconEffectiveness of the Surgical Safety Checklist in Correcting Errors - A lterature Review Applying Reason's Swiss Cheese Model.pdf