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Improve Patient Safety with AAAHC Toolkits

Published: October 21, 2013

Three new patient safety toolkits, offering guidelines for identifying and avoiding pitfalls and complication risks in ambulatory surgery, are available for free download from a prominent accreditation agency's website.

Created by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care's Institute for Quality Improvement, the toolkits — which cover surgical safety checklists, venous thromboembolism and patient falls — provide step-by-step guidelines for pre-procedure preparations and assessments in order to ensure patients' safe handling throughout their stays. The AAAHC Institute's website also includes its previously issued toolkit on obstructive sleep apnea.

"These toolkits address the need for information on best practices, as well as examples of tools that can make 'doing the right thing' easier in healthcare settings," says the institute's senior director and general manager, Naomi Kuznets, PhD.

David Bernard

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