The Patient Safety Group Upgrades its AHRQ Culture Survey Tool

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The Patient Safety Group adds detailed AHRQ 2008 Comparative Database benchmark data from more than 500 hospitals to its easy, affordable AHRQ Culture Survey tool.

The (AHRQ Survey tool) reports have provided insight into areas for improvement, and are replete with data that can be used at multiple levels of the organization

The Patient Safety Group has upgraded its web-based Culture Survey tool for implementing and reporting on the AHRQ Culture Survey. The recently released AHRQ 2008 Comparative Database Report has been incorporated into the tool's reporting capabilities. The 2008 database includes survey results from 519 hospitals and 160,000 hospital staff respondents.

Hospitals now have the option to compare their results with the entire database (160,000 respondents) or with subsets of data including breakdowns by:
         1)     by bed size (50-99 beds, 100-199 beds, 200-299 beds, 400 or more, etc.),
         2)     work area / unit (ICU, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Surgery, etc.),
         3)     staff position (physicians, nursing, technicians, etc.),
         4)     teaching status,
         5)     ownership and control,
         6)     interaction with patients.

The Joint Commission's Leadership Standards for 2008 requires hospitals to regularly 'evaluate the culture of safety and quality using valid and reliable tools.' The Culture Survey tool serves these requirements by allowing easy input by hospital staff and instantaneous, robust, comparative reporting once the Survey is completed. The tool is useful for assessing the safety culture of a hospital as a whole, or for specific units within hospitals. Moreover, the survey can be used to track changes in patient safety over time and to evaluate the impact of patient safety interventions.

"The (AHRQ Survey tool) reports have provided insight into areas for improvement, and are replete with data that can be used at multiple levels of the organization," cites Dr. Gary Wainer, Chief Medical Officer of the Chicago Health System.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with conducting and supporting research to improve patient safety and health care quality for all Americans. AHRQ's goal is to support a culture of safety and quality improvement in the nation's healthcare system.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

The Culture Survey is priced at $1,500 per hospital, per year (system discounts available).

Contact us with any questions, for additional information, or to get access to our sample survey program (].

About The Patient Safety Group:
The Patient Safety Group is a Massachusetts LLC whose operating charter states that all net proceeds will be used to further advance safety and quality efforts in health care. Formed in 2004, our mission is to encourage a culture of safety by providing tools that allow health care organizations the ability to communicate, collaborate, improve and share. Our initial program, eCUSP (electronic unit-based patient safety program), provides motivated caregivers the opportunity to manage, monitor, organize, account for and share their improvement efforts.

Jay King, Executive Director
The Patient Safety Group

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