PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES LINKS FOR: LIBRARIANS
HEALTHCARE REGULATIONS / GUIDELINES RESOURCES
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Research, guidelines, and resources for improving the quality and safe delivery of healthcare.
CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) Guidelines
Recommendations and guidelines for controlling specific pathogens, infection control practices related to devices and facilities, etc. Some overlap with other CDC guidelines.
Guidelines for preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI), isolation precaution guidelines, hand hygiene guidelines, etc.
CMS HIPAA Resources
Regulations, guidelines and resources for complying with the Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, Title II).
Regulations, guidelines, and references related to:
Medical Devices: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/default.htm
Radiation-emitting Products: http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/default.htm
Vaccines, Blood, and Biologics: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/default.htm
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Non-profit organization devoted to promoting medication error prevention and safe medication use.
The Joint Commission
Not-for-profit organization that surveys, accredits and certifies healthcare facilities, organizations, and programs in the United States against performance standards.
The Leapfrog Group
Voluntary organization that promotes transparency and patient safety by comparing hospital performance on national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency, allowing purchasers of healthcare to make informed decisions.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Guidelines, regulations, and research related to improving safety for all levels of personnel working in healthcare environments.
Workplace safety research and recommendations related to specific diseases and injuries:
National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
Reports and funding of research in the science of nursing.
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention homepage
World Health Organization
The directing and coordinating authority for healthcare issues within the United Nations system responsible for providing leadership on global health matters.