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Health care in the United States is not as safe as it could, or should, be.  States have many opportunities to improve patient safety and safeguard the public; as large purchasers, regulators, conveners, and providers of health care services, they work independently, coordinate with other state agencies, and partner with the private sector.

NASHP has been at the forefront of examining how states monitor and respond to patient safety issues since 2000.  NASHP has focused on assisting state officials in efforts to ensure that the health care delivery system provides the safest care possible.

As of November 2009, 27 states plus the District of Columbia had passed legislation or regulation related to hospital reporting of adverse events to a state agency. Many of these new laws and regulations are intended to hold health care facilities accountable for weaknesses in their systems. They also have the potential to improve patient safety through event report analysis and by dissemination of best practices and lessons learned.

This electronic toolbox is intended to provide states with tools they can use or modify as they develop or improve adverse event reporting systems.  The toolbox includes information (policies, practices, forms, reports, methods, and contracts) related to states' reporting systems, links to other Web resources, and fast facts and issues related to patient safety.

Many of the resources contained in this toolbox were initially collected as part of a NASHP initiative, supported by the Commonwealth Fund, that helped to identify opportunities for improving the collection, analysis, and feedback of data obtained through state adverse event reporting systems.  That initiative resulted in Maximizing the Use of State Adverse Event Data to Improve Patient Safety and focused on 11 states with adverse event reporting systems.

The resources contained in this toolbox are organized by state in the Patient Safety States menu on your right, and by and content area under the Patient Safety Toolbox menu on your left.

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