Monday, March 14, 2011

"Patient Safety Awareness Week" may be over, but we should continue to focus on safety

Last week was Patient Safety Awareness Week. Now that it's over, what are you going to do to ensure better patient safety? The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) wants to make sure that we're all focusing on patient safety throughout the entire year. The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is an annual, NPSF-led education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety. Each year, healthcare organizations internationally take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community and deploying NPSF educational resources to hospital staff.

Now, more than ever in the patient safety landscape, a focus on empowering patients and strengthening patient-provider communications are seen as paramount to reducing error within the health system and reducing readmission rates. Equally important is the need to understand the impact of cultural diversity and inherent safety risks so that participants are INformed, INvolved and INvested.


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