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National Safety Council - www.nsc.org/ NSC is the leading source for safety and health training,

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) - www.icsi.org/ ICSI is an independent organization dedicated to transforming the health care system so it delivers patient-centered and value-driven care. ICSI is a non-profit organization that brings together diverse groups to transform the health care system so that it delivers patient-centered and value-driven care. It is comprised of 55 medical groups and sponsored by five Minnesota and Wisconsin health plans.
ECRI - www.ecri.org/ ECRI Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.

National Center for Patient Safety - www.patientsafety.gov/ Patient Safety: medical error, medication error, medical equipment failure, root cause analysis, human factors, usability, physician error, pharmacy error, nursing ... The NCPS was established in 1999 to develop and nurture a culture of safety throughout the Veterans Health Administration. Our goal is the nationwide reduction and prevention of inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care. Patient safety managers at 153 VA hospitals and patient safety officers at 21 VA regional headquarters participate in the program.

National Institute for Health - www.nih.gov/ Official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is one of the world's foremost medical research centers.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement - www.ihi.org/ The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) believes that everyone deserves safe and effective health care, and we have been working with health care providers and leaders throughout the world to fulfill that promise. An independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

Stop Falls -www.stopfalls.org/aboutus/index.shtml In February 2003, older adults, services providers, researchers and educators across the state of California convened in Sacramento to hear about the issues of older adult falls and to discuss strategies for reducing fall risks. A background White Paper was developed prior to the conference. Afterwards a Blueprint for Fall Prevention was created. In March 2004, a one-day special event on Fall Prevention was held at the American Society on Aging/National Council on Aging Joint Conference. In January 2005, the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence was established to “provide leadership, create new knowledge, improve practice and develop sustainable fall prevention programs.” The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence is headquartered at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, located at 3715 McClintock Ave., Room 228, Los Angeles, California 90089-0191.Tel: (213)740-1364; Fax: (213)740-7069; E-mail: info@stopfalls.org.
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) - www1.va.gov/grecc/ The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) is one of twenty-one "centers of geriatric excellence" located throughout the United States. GRECCs are the cornerstone of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) strategy to focus attention on the aging veteran population, to increase the basic knowledge of aging, to transmit that knowledge to health care providers, and to improve the quality of care to the aged.

RightDiagnosis.com - www.wrongdiagnosis.com/f/falls/deaths.htm RightDiagnosis.com is one of the world’s leading providers of online medical health information. The site is an independent, objective source of factual, mainstream health information for both consumers and health professionals. RightDiagnosis.com provides a free health-information service to help people understand their health better, offering crucial and factual health information that is otherwise difficult to find. The objective of the site is to encourage consumers to be informed and interested in managing their health, and to know what questions to ask their doctors to help ensure they are getting the best healthcare possible.

HealthCare.gov Implementation Center - www.healthcare.gov/center/programs/partnership/safer/injuries.html Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs. Preventing Serious Fall Injuries and Immobility.

Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) - www.hospitalelderlifeprogram.org/ Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare (PSQH) - Improving patient safety is one of the most urgent issues facing healthcare today. Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare (PSQH) is written for and by people who are involved directly in improving patient safety and the quality of care. PSQH welcomes original submissions from all healthcare professionals on topics related to safety and quality. PSQH publishes a variety of articles, to reflect the breadth of work being done in this field: case studies, surveys, research, book or technology reviews, guest editorials, essays, and letters to the editor.

The Global Patient Safety Forum - www.globalpatientsafetyforum.org/ The Global Patient Safety Forum is the convening organization of the world's leading patient safety organizations, whose mission is to save lives, save money, and build value in the community communities we serve by accelerating solutions in patient safety from suppliers through providers to purchasers of healthcare including consumers.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - www.ahrq.gov/ The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of ... The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) is one of 12 agencies within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).[1] AHRQ is one of three organizational focuses for HHS along with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.[2] AHRQ's mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare for Americans.

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services headquartered in Druid Hills, unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, in Greater Atlanta

The Joint Commission - www.jointcommission.org/The Joint Commission (TJC), formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and previous to that the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH),[1] is a United States-based nonprofit organization[2] that accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.[3] A majority of state governments have come to recognize Joint Commission accreditation as a condition of licensure and the receipt of Medicaid reimbursement. Surveys (inspections) typically follow a triennial cycle, with findings made available to the public in an accreditation quality report on the Quality Check Web site.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - www.hhs.gov/The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS represents almost a quarter of all federal outlays, and it administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. HHS’ Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for one in four Americans. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The Department’s programs are administered by 11 operating divisions, including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and three human services agencies. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data. Departmental leadership is provided by the Office of the Secretary. Also included in the Department is the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Office of Public Health and Science, the Office of the HHS Inspector General and the HHS Office for Civil Rights. In addition, the Program Support Center, a self-supporting division of the Department, provides administrative services for HHS and other federal agencies.

AARP - www.aarp.org/ AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.

American Nurses Credentialing Center - The Magnet Recognition Program is a recognition program operated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center that recognizes healthcare organizations that provide excellence in nursing. It is considered the highest recognition for nursing excellence.[1] The program also offers an avenue to disseminate successful nursing practices and strategies. ANCC proclaims that "A growing body of research indicates that Magnet hospitals have higher percentages of satisfied RNs, lower RN turnover and vacancy, improved clinical outcomes and improved patient satisfaction

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid - www.cms.gov/ US federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
National Patient Safety Foundation - www.npsf.org/ Information, research, and resources on professional, consumer, and systems issues related to patient safety.
Veterans Affairs - www.patientsafety.gov/ United States Department of Veterans Affairs ... Patient safety managers at 153 VA hospitals and patient safety officers at 21 VA regional headquarters ...
Patient Safety America - patientsafetyamerica.com/This site was created to provide information to patients or potential patients who are concerned about the quality of health care they receive in this country. We have no affiliation with any physicians or hospitals; we are patients looking after each other in a health care system that could easily kill us.

World Health Organization - www.who.int/patientsafety/about/en/index.html In October 2004 WHO launched a patient safety programme in response to a World Health Assembly Resolution (2002) urging WHO and Member States to pay the closest possible attention to the problem of patient safety. Its establishment underlined the importance of patient safety as a global health-care issue. The programme, WHO Patient Safety, aims to coordinate, disseminate and accelerate improvements in patient safety worldwide. It also provides a vehicle for international collaboration and action between WHO Member States, WHO’s Secretariat, technical experts, and consumers, as well as professionals and industry groups. Each year, WHO Patient Safety delivers a number of programmes covering systemic and technical aspects to improve patient safety around the world.

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS) - www.patientsafety.org 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.