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Patient Safety Websites

National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is the indispensable resource for individuals and organizations committed to improving the safety of patients. DHMC is a charter member of the NPSF "stand up for patient safety" campaign.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, improve patient safety, decrease medical errors, and broaden access to essential services.

Institute of Medicine
The mission of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health. The IOM has published landmark reports addressing medical errors and health care quality.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization that works closely with health care practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization
The Joint Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, JCAHO has developed state-of-the-art, professionally based standards and evaluated the compliance of health care organizations against these benchmarks.