Safe Care



AHRQ: AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY: AHRQ has compiled a list of many more Infection Prevention as well as Patient Safety Organizations.


AORN: Hosted by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).  Focuses on patient safety in surgical settings, and is aimed at both healthcare professionals and patients. Web site has an extensive collection of resources, information about events, CE, and products.


ASSOCIATION for PROFESSIONALS in INFECTION CONTROL and EPIDEMIOLOGY: APIC’s mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes.  The Association’s more than 11,000 members have primary responsibility for infection prevention, control and hospital epidemiology in health care settings around the globe, and include nurses, epidemiologists, physicians, microbiologists, clinical pathologists, laboratory technologists and public health practitioners. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance and credentialing.Their important website: informs and educates with up-to-the-minute infection prevention techniques, data and statistics.


AVA: The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) is an exciting multidisciplinary organization composed of clinicians, educators, regulators and manufacturers from the medical field of Vascular Access. AVA provides an opportunity for these individuals to improve practice and patient outcomes by focusing on education and new product innovations. AVA is the premier professional organization for those individuals in Vascular Access who are leading the thoughts and actions of others in the field. AVA is strongly committed to its members, many of whom share dual roles, bringing a clinical emphasis to the medical device manufacturing community and working as professionals in healthcare. AVA is continuously seeking  additional opportunities to provide outstanding educational services to its members while fully recognizing the

contribution of its manufacturing partners.


The CENTERS for DISEASE CONTROL and PREVENTION: The CDC is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of people of the United States. The CDC has been instrumental in providing care guidelines and best practices information regarding the prevention and control of health care acquired infections.


More specifically, the Division of Health Care Quality Promotion has been invaluable in a multitude of ways to Safe Care Campaign. Dr. Denise Cardo, Dr. John Jernigan, Dr. Mike Bell, Dr. Cliff McDonald, and Dr. Arjun Srinivasan were among the first to encourage us to begin the campaign to reduce health care acquired infections. They are an important resource and continue to be partners in addressing the problem of these infections.


CONSUMERS ADVANCING PATIENT SAFETY (CAPS) is a consumer-led nonprofit organization formed to be a collective voice for individuals, families and healers who wish to prevent harm in healthcare encounters through partnership and collaboration. CAPS is committed to exploring and contributing the wisdom and experience that consumers can offer to patient safety research, education of both consumers and providers, reporting of bad outcomes and near misses, development and implementation of solutions that can prevent harm, and policy making that will help create healthcare systems that are safe, compassionate and just.


CONSUMERS UNION (CU) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers. CU publishes Consumer Reports and in addition to two newsletters, Consumer Reports on Health and Consumer Reports Money Adviser with combined subscriptions of more than 7 million. Consumers Union also has more than 500,000 online activists who help work to change legislation and the marketplace in favor of the consumer interest and several public education Web sites. Their website: is a data-bank of information and the latest in current HAI-associated legislation.


EMPOWERED PATIENT COALITION: The Empowered Patient Coalition is a charitable organization created by patient advocates devoted to helping the public improve the quality and the safety of their healthcare. The coalition feels strongly that the first crucial steps in both patient empowerment and patient safety efforts are information and education.


GLO GERM has played a major role in the training of patients and staff in major hospitals throughout the United States including John Hopkins University. This facility has in fact made a sophisticated video for training patients on proper personal hygiene using the Glo Germ product.


HH Reports: “What To Do Before” addresses six critical areas where consumers can play a vital role in being informed and empowered.  The program gives consumers the facts and makes them full partners in their healthcare. The perfect complement to every consumer health education program, vital information is presented in an easy to read and understand Question & Answer brochure format. Consumers are expected to assume more responsibility for their healthcare, but they can't be expected to be full participants if they don't have all the information at their fingertips.


HONOREFORM.ORG: HONOReform is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to protecting patients through safeguarding the medical injection process. Their vision is a nation in which health care providers always follow fundamental injection safety practices that are designed to protect all patients each and every time they receive an injection.


INFECTION: DON’T PASS IT ON is a VA public health campaign established through a collaboration between the Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards, National Center for Patient Safety, Employee Education System, Infectious Diseases Program Office, and VA experts in infection control.The goal of the campaign is to involve staff, patients, and visitors in taking basic steps to preventing infection, whether occurring daily, seasonally, or occurring during infectious disease emergencies (natural or manmade).


The INSTITUTE for HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world.  Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI works to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care, and helping health care systems put those ideas into action.


INSTITUTE FOR SAFE MEDICATION PRACTICES: ISMP site contains medication safety alerts, information on error reporting, ISMP medication safety self-assessment survey, consulting services, as well as a newsletter, books, videos, and posters available for purchase.


INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE: This site lays out a vision to transform the health care system, and provides links to resources and a series of IOM reports.


THE JOINT COMMISSION: The Joint Commission is widely recognized for its cutting-edge leadership role in developing standards and performance measures, and for the adaptability of its rigorous evaluation processes to emerging new forms of health care delivery organizations.


JOSIE KING FOUNDATION: The Josie King Foundation’s mission is to prevent others from dying or being harmed by medical errors. By uniting healthcare providers and consumers, and funding innovative safety programs, they hope to create a culture of patient safety, together.


LEAPFROG GROUP: The Leapfrog site includes patient safety programs, computer physician order entry (CPOE), evidence-based hospital referral, and ICU physician staffing fact sheets, purchasers toolkit, web hospital survey, and other links.


MAME: MOTHERS AGAINST MEDICAL ERRORS: Mothers Against Medical Error is a group of parents whose mission is to promote safety in our medical system. They provide support for victims of medical harm. They are available to speak to your organization about medical error and patient safety. They work on a a variety of projects to further the cause of safer, more effective medical care.


MARYLAND PATIENT SAFETY CENTER: Created by the MD Health Care Commission to develop and implement strategies to improve patient safety in MD hospitals and nursing homes.  The Consumer Resources section contains patient safety tools and links.  The center offers programs on topics to help healthcare professionals improve patient care.


MASSACHUSETTS COALITION FOR THE PREVENTION OF MEDICAL ERRORS: This site includes many links and free publications such as: “Reducing Medication Errors in Acute Care and Long Term Care Facilities”, “Restraints and Seclusion”, “Strategies for Leadership: Hospital Executives and Their Role in Patient Safety”, and more.


MITSS: Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in June of 2002 whose mission is “To Support Healing and Restore Hope” to patients, families, and clinicians who have been affected by an adverse medical event. Medically induced trauma is an unexpected outcome that occurs during medical and/or surgical care that affects the emotional well being of the patient, family member, or clinician. MITSS achieves its mission by creating awareness and education. Since 2002, MITSS has been educating the healthcare community on the uniqueness of medical trauma, the broad scope of its impact, and the crucial need for support services through participation in forums, local and national conferences, and through the media.


NATIONAL PATIENT SAFETY FOUNDATION: Publications available from this website include books, focus on patient safety newsletter, videos, brochures and fact sheets. This site’s resources also include a speaker service.  They publish the Journal of NPSF.


ONE AND ONLY CAMPAIGN: The One & Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. The campaign aims to eradicate outbreaks resulting from unsafe injection practices.


PATIENT SAFETY PARTNERSHIP: Patient Safety Partnership offers FREE and ONLINE, The Safe Patient Resource Center - an informational safety guide for the growing number of medical consumers who are attempting to become more knowledgeable and proactive in their medical care. They encourage a synergy between patients and caregivers that will help them to actively partner with each other to potentially achieve one common goal - best expected outcomes.


The PARTNERSHIP for HEALTH and ACCOUNTABILITY (PHA), an arm of the Georgia Hospital Association recognizes patient safety as its top priority and describes the elements that support a culture of safety within the healthcare environment.


PARTNERSHIP FOR PATIENT SAFETY (P4PS): Partnership for Patient Safety is a patient - centered initiative to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide. P4ps® initiates focused partnerships and joint ventures with organizations and individuals that share our core values and objectives of achieving a healthcare system that is authentically patient-centered and systems based., the official website of the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP), is a non-profit organization formed by Necrotizing Fasciitis Survivor Alicia Cole and her parents Ron & Betty Cole. Their mission is to educate and protect patients through awareness of hospital acquired infections such as Necrotizing Fasciitis, MRSA, VRE, Sepsis and others. The Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients working in conjunction with established advocacy groups, healthcare providers and legislators strives to end the spread of preventable hospital-acquired infections by empowering the public to make informed decisions, demand accountability from their healthcare providers and become proactive participants in their own health care.


PULSE is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to improve patient safety and reduce the rate of medical errors using real life stories and experiences. Survivors of medical errors are encouraged to use their experience to educate the community and advocate for a safer healthcare system. PULSE is dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety and reducing medical errors through advocacy, education and support.


SEPSIS ALLIANCE was created to raise sepsis awareness among both the general public and healthcare professionals. Sepsis awareness can and does save lives, yet fewer than half of American adults have ever heard the word. Sepsis Alliance also gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Survivors and those left behind often feel as if they are alone.


SHEA: The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America works to maintain the utmost quality of patient care and healthcare worker safety in all health care settings. It upholds its high success rate in infection control and prevention, while applying epidemiological principles and prevention strategies to a wide range of quality-of-care issues.


THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION has created the World Alliance for Patient Safety to pay the closest possible attention to the problem of unsafe care. The Alliance raises awareness and political commitment to improve the safety of care and facilitates the development of patient safety policy and practice in all WHO member states.