As those who work in them know well, running an ambulatory or rural healthcare facility can pose unique challenges. Transitions of care such as helicopter transfers and pathways to access are of extra importance, with long distances and geogrpaphical challenges disconnecting patients from larger acute treatment or emergency centers. Critical access hospitals, ambulatory settings, and outpatient clinics must think critically about how to meet complex patient population needs often while facing a distinct set of challenges.

Stay tuned next week for a blog post from PeaceHealth’s Director of System Patient Safety, David Allison, CPHRM, on some of the work he and his team have been implementing to address their unique rural health challenges in the PeaceHealth system and transform challenges into opportunities for enhanced patient safety. In the meantime, here are some relevant materials for you to explore on patient safety, outside the hospital setting. 

This Week's "Friday 5":
Care Outside the Acute Setting

1) Issue Context | The new frontier of patient safety is outside the hospital setting:
Read Report.

2) Issue Context | Patient safety efforts need to target entire care continuum: 
Read Article.

3) AHRQ Leader Blog | Taking Steps to Improve Care in Ambulatory Settings:
Read Post.

4) AHRQ Technical Brief | Evidence based patient safety practices for the ambulatory care setting: 
Read Report.

5) HealthPartners Ambulatory Patient Safety Toolkit | A toolkit suite of resources to identify, monitor and address patient safety concerns particular to ambulatory settings: 
See Toolkit.

Kelly Veit, MHA

Program Director. Washington Patient Safety Coalition
Foundation for Healthcare Quality
705 Second Ave. Ste. 410
Seattle, WA 98104 | 206.204.7383


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