Using the agency for healthcare research and quality patient safety indicators for targeting nursing quality improvement

Patricia A. Zrelak, Garth H Utter, Banafsheh Sadeghi, Joanne Cuny, Ruth Baron, Patrick S Romano

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Quantifying the critical impact nurses have on the prevention and early recognition of potential complications and adverse events, such as those identified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) patient safety indicators (PSI), is becoming increasingly important. In this paper, we describe how the AHRQ PSI may be used to identify nursing-specific opportunities to improve care based on data from the national AHRQ PSI validation pilot project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number10 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 2013



  • administrative data
  • adverse event
  • central line-related bloodstream infection
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • hospital-acquired conditions
  • nursing-sensitive indicator
  • patient safety indicator
  • postoperative respiratory failure
  • pressure ulcer
  • quality improvement
  • sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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