The AHRQ recently published an update to its landmark 2001 report, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices (AHRQ Evidence Report No. 43). The updated 2013 report analyzed a growing body of patient safety research to determine the level of evidence regarding the outcomes, as well as implementation, adoption, and the context in which safety strategies have been used. After analyzing 41 patient safety practices, an international panel of patient safety experts identified 22 safety practices which were deemed ready for adoption and ten were selected as “strongly encouraged” for adoption based on the strength and quality of evidence. Number nine on that list was “Use of real-time ultrasound for central line placement.”
For a list of all 22 patient safety strategies discussed in the new report and information on an Annals of Internal Medicine supplement that features several articles on selected patient safety strategies, go to www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/makinghcsafer.html.