Patient Safety Links
The adverse health event information available on this Web site is only one source of information on patient safety and health care quality. Visit these sites to learn more about what is happening in Minnesota and nationally to improve patient safety.
Patient safety reports
Events in Healthcare: A Consensus Report (PDF: 346KB/4 pages) (National Quality Forum (NFQ))
Executive Summary of the NQF “Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare” and information on ordering the report. For more information, see National Quality Forum (NQF) publications.
To Err is Human: Building
A Safer Health System (Institute of Medicine)
A copy of the original IOM report “To Err is Human”.
Information and resources for patients/families
Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS)
A non-profit organization whose mission is “To Support Healing and Restore Hope” to patients, families, and clinicians who have been affected by an adverse medical event.
Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety
A variety of patient safety resources for patients and family members, including a downloadable medication list that you can use to keep track of your medications.
University of MN: Taking Charge of Your Health
Information on how to choose a provider, how to ensure a healthy hospitalization, and how to communicate effectively with your caregivers. Also includes information about complementary therapies and developing a healthy lifestyle.
National Patient Safety Foundation
A list of resources for patients and family members, including links to organizations that provide education about patient safety and/or assist victims of medical errors.
Sources of quality and safety data
Minnesota Health Information
Links to several sites where you can compare cost and quality at hospitals, physician and medical groups, and other facilities.
Developed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, lets you ‘shop’ for healthcare using information about quality, price, number of procedures done, adverse events, and other performance information at Minnesota hospitals and primary care clinics.
The Leapfrog Group
Provides hospital safety and quality ratings based on multiple factors.
Minnesota Hospital Quality Report
Contains a database showing how well hospitals treat heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia.
Minnesota Community Measurement
Shows you how your clinic or provider group compares to others in areas of care such as breast or cervical cancer screening, diabetes care, high blood pressure, and asthma treatment.