Infusion Therapy Links

Click on a category below to view some helpful links pertaining to Infusion Therapy

ACCREDITING ORGANIZATIONS

The Joint Commission
A voluntary, non-governmental organization that establishes standards for the operation of hospitals and nursing homes.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)
This is a public health agency under the department of Health and Human Services. This site covers AHRQ’s involvement with patient safety through links to press releases, important documents, speeches, statements and hearings. Links are also provided to fact sheets and information about the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force.

AHRQ Web Morbidity and Mortality Rounds
Site features expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously by readers, interactive learning modules on patient safety (“Spotlight Cases”), and forums for online discussion. CME credit is available.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Governmental agency designed to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling the spread of disease through legislation and regulation

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Founded in 1887, the National Institutes of Health today is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, and the Federal focal point for medical research in the United States. The NIH, comprising 27 separate Institutes and Centers, is one of eight health agencies of the Public Health Service which, in turn, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS)
The NCPS represents a unified and cohesive patient safety effort. The program is unique in health care. It focuses on prevention rather than punishment by applying human factors analysis and the safety research of high-reliability organizations. This process is targeted at identifying and eliminating system vulnerabilities.

VA National Center for Patient Safety
The VA National Center for Patient Safety 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 Reporting System – PSRS
The Patient Safety Reporting System (PSRS) is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive reporting system available to collaborate with both private and federal medical facilities.

PATIENT SUPPORT RESOURCES

American Pain Society (APS)
APS is a multidisciplinary organization of basic and clinical scientists, practicing clinicians, policy analysts, and others. Their mission is to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice.

Oley Foundation
The Oley Foundation offers support for patients (and their families) who receive home intravenous nutrition.

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM)
An association for pain management professionals and pain patients that provides a variety of resources and information.

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
A professional society of community, regional, Red Cross blood centers, hospital based blood banks, and transfusion services providing information and support.

American Pain Society (APS)
APS is a multidisciplinary organization of basic and clinical scientists, practicing clinicians, policy analysts, and others. Their mission is to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
An organization representing pharmacists working in a variety of healthcare systems.

Association for Vascular Access (AVA)
AVA is a multidisciplinary organization composed of clinicians, educators, regulators and manufacturers from the medical field of Vascular and is the premier professional organization for those individuals in Vascular Access who are leading the thoughts and actions of others in the field.

We have had the pleasure of working with the following local

AVA Networks:

New York – Association for Vascular Access Central New York Chapter (AVACNY)
North Carolina – Eastern North Carolina Association for Vascular Access (ENCAVA)

Infusion Nurses Society (INS)
INS is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1973 by a small group of nurses who strongly believed in the specialty and those who work in it needed a voice. For more than 40 years, INS has been committed to bringing innovative new resources and opportunities to a wide range of healthcare professionals who are involved with the specialty practice of infusion therapy. We are dedicated to advancing the delivery of quality therapy to patients, enhancing the specialty through stringent standards of practice and professional ethics, and promoting research and education in the infusion nursing practice.

We have had the pleasure of working with the following local

INS Chapters:
Colorado – Rocky Mountain Chapter INS
Florida – Central Florida Chapter INS
Florida – Gulf Coast Chapter INS
Indiana – Indiana Chapter INS
New Jersey – New Jersey Chapter INS
North Carolina – North Carolina Chapter INS
Oregon – Lower Columbia Chapter INS
Washington – Puget Sound Chapter INS

League of Intravenous Therapy Education (LITE)
LITE is a National Educational Association for Infusion Therapy, Vascular Access, Home Care, Oncology, Acute Care and Extended Care that works to establish guidelines to promote safe efficient and cost effective intravenous therapy in a multitude of care settings.

National Home Infusion Association (NHIA)
NHIA is a trade association that represents and advances the interests of organizations and individuals that provide infusion and specialized pharmacy products and services to the entire spectrum of home-based patients.

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
An organization providing information about cancer and treatment to healthcare providers, patients, and their families.

REGULATORY AGENCIES

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Part of the Department of Health and Human Services dedicated to ensuring the quality of healthcare through monitoring and regulation of medical products.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s agency to regulate and promote safety in the workplace.

HEALTHCARE SAFETY RESOURCES

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)
This is a public health agency under the department of Health and Human Services. This site covers AHRQ’s involvement with patient safety through links to press releases, important documents, speeches, statements and hearings. Links are also provided to fact sheets and information about the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force.

AHRQ Web Morbidity and Mortality Rounds
Site features expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously by readers, interactive learning modules on patient safety (“Spotlight Cases”), and forums for online discussion. CME credit is available.

American Hospital Association (AHA)
This site offers information on AHA’s initiatives, and focuses on medication safety and safety culture. Resources include links to successful practices, reporting information, the Strategies for Leadership series in PDF format, and links to major reports. Also see American Organization of Nurse Executives.

American Medical Association (AMA)
An overlooked resource is the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) Reports and the corresponding annual publication of the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics.

Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)
This web site, devoted solely to patient safety, provides a video library, newsletters, research grants, links to other patient safety web sites, safety questions and answers, and a suggested protocol for adverse events.

Aviation Safety Network

CarePages.com
This is a site that allows individuals to create, free of charge, personal Web pages that help family and friends communicate when someone is receiving care.

Florida Hospital Association (FHA)
The resources on patient safety include educational tool kits, information on legislation & regulations, Helpful Hints for clinicians to prevent problems, and more.

Georgia Hospital Association (GHA): Patient Safety
The GHA promote sevidence-based best practices to enhance patient safety, improve care, reduce risk and prevent errors through creating a blame-free system and neutral non-punitive forum for sharing, studying, and learning from medical variances, including near misses.

Illinois Hospital Association (IHA)
This site offers information on medical errors in Illinois, including alerts, Spotlight on Safety Series, reporting information, consumer resources, quality collaboratives, and links to government reports.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s goal is to improve health and health care worldwide. A variety of tools and resources are available for download and/or purchase.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
This site has excellent resources for hospitals and consumers, including alerts/fact sheets, surveys, articles, action agendas, events, and information on ISMP-Canada and ISMP-Spain.

Kentucky Medical Association – Patient Safety Task Force
The KMA Patient Safety Task Force has developed products for use by the medical community and by patients, for example, methods physician practices can use to track test results ordered in the practice and flyers for patients on the same subject. Links to downloadable and other patient safety resources are included.

Leapfrog Group
Contains information on the Leapfrog Group’s approach, as well as information and fact sheets on three initiatives, including computer physician order entry, evidence-based hospital referral, and ICU physician staffing. Also includes tool kit for purchasers, and links to other patient safety and healthcare Web sites.

Maryland/DC Patient Safety Coalition
The Maryland Patient Safety Center is recognized as a national leader in patient safety. As a Center of patient safety innovations, we convene providers of care to accelerate our understanding and implement evidence-based solutions for preventing avoidable harm.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors is a public-private partnership whose mission is to improve patient safety and eliminate medical errors in Massachusetts.

Mederrors.com
A web site devoted to providing information on medication errors and adverse drug events in hospitals, problems that affect millions of Americans each year– patients, families, and clinicians.

Michigan Health and Safety Coalition
The Michigan Health and Safety Coalition (MH&SC) is a collaborative quality improvement effort focused on improving patient safety in Michigan.

Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS)
Information on MAPS initiatives, as well as organizational and culture change tools. Includes an extensive list of printed and web-based resources.

National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm.

New York DoH Patient Safety Center
Within the larger Center for Consumer Health Care Information, this site provides links to information patient safety issues. There are also links to physician profiles, hospital and nursing home surveys, and to filing complaints about care.

Ohio Patient Safety Institute (OPSI)
Includes a number of brochures, plus links to patient safety tools, research, case studies, best practices, and programs.

P.U.L.S.E. (Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare)
This site offers information on the national (and local chapters of) PULSE, a consumer-focused organization geared towards education and support. Resources include a chat room, personal stories, related links for patients’ rights, some state-specific resources, as well as physician profiles.

Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS)
This site promotes the organization’s patient-centered approach for improving healthcare. It provides information about the Partnership symposia (past and present), call for abstracts, products for sale (including the video “First, Do No Harm”), and news and reports.

Patient Assistance
PatientAssistance.com is a free resource designed to help connect patients who can’t afford their prescription medications with patient assistance programs. We believe that medication should be affordable for all Americans, including low-income families and the uninsured, and our database features over 1000 programs that help make that possible.

Patient Safety Institute (PSI)
This site provides information on this organization, which strives to work with hospitals, providers and patients to reduce medical error through the use of technology and the building of relationships.

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Collaborative (PPSC)
This site offers an extensive list of publications with links (in PDF format), as well as a monograph titled “Elements of a Culture of Safety, a presentation on performance improvement in medication safety, and a list of events in Pennsylvania.

Premier, Inc.
Password free website include free resources for patients and healthcare professionals; Safety Share electronic newsletter archived on website; on-line store with many free safety resources.

SAFER California Healthcare: Strategic Alliance for Error Reduction
This site is about the California-based organization that is focusing on research, education, and clinical practice in patient safety. Site includes links to tip sheets in medication safety, California-specific resources, and information on the researchers involved with the organization.

San Diego Center for Patient Safety
This new site includes links to tip sheets and literature resources, a discussion of the Standardized Encounter, upcoming conferences, and patient safety research.

South Carolina Hospital Association
SCHA’s medication safety toolkit is on this site, and features tools such as the Universal Medication Form and a brochure for patients “What You Need to Know about Your Medicine.”

Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety
The Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety is an affiliate of the Texas Hospital Association’s nonprofit foundation. Established in 2010, the center is bringing together Texas hospitals, state and national experts and evidence-based health care practices in an effort to improve the quality of care at the bedside and reduce costs.

US Pharmacopoeia (USP)
This site offers information on USP’s standards and activities. In addition, USP operates two medication error reporting, tracking, and analysis programs including the Medication Errors Reporting (MER) Program and the MedMARx Program. MedMARx is an Internet-accessible database for hospitals to report and track medication errors anonymously.

Utah DoH Patient Safety Initiatives
Provides information on reporting events and filing complaints and links to resources including alerts and updates.

Veteran’s Administration (VA) – National Center for Patient Safety
This site has extensive resources in patient safety. Highlights include information on culture of safety, root cause analysis, a glossary of terms, a discussion room, and a library.

Veteran’s Administration (VA) – VA Patient Safety Reporting System – PSRS
This site has extensive resources in patient safety. Highlights include information on culture of safety, root cause analysis, a glossary of terms, a discussion room, and a library. Also check out the virtual learning center located at www.va.gov/vlc. The Patient Safety Reporting System (PSRS) is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive program available to all VA employees for the reporting of events and concerns related to patient safety.

Virginians Improving Patient Care and Safety (VIPCS)
This site features an extensive listing of organizations and Web sites, including links to specific fact sheets, a patient’s guide, and a “news tracker,” with links to new items.

Washington Patient Safety Coalition
This site includes resource documents, links, and activities supported by the Coalition.

Wisconsin Patient Safety Institute (WPSI)
This site provides patient safety resources, and information on resources for Wisconsin patient safety specifically. Includes a medication safety resource guide and assessment tool for practitioners.