What Are You Doing for Patient Safety Awareness Week (Next Week)?

By Chris Hermann

Patient Safety Awareness Week starts this Sunday, March 11. What’s your hospital planning to do to get involved?

If you don’t know, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation offer a wealth of ideas on the United for Patient Safety website:

Sunday – Take the Pledge
Invite individuals to take a pledge for patient safety.

Monday – Join the Webcast
Invite individuals to tune into a special IHI/NPSF webcast with nationally known experts discussing the importance of speaking up from the perspectives of clinicians, staff, and patients and families. The program is free of charge, but registration is required. Register here.

Tuesday – Take Action
Invite health professionals and health care consumers to learn more about what they can do to engage with the United for Patient Safety campaign and Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Wednesday – Get the Word Out
Share what your organization is doing to observe Patient Safety Awareness Week on social media and via the online discussion forum.

Thursday – Honor a Loved One
Invite individuals to share a memorial and honor someone who was harmed or died as a result of medical harm.

Friday – Join the Twitter Chat
Join @TheIHI and others as they chat about Building a Culture of Safety, Friday, March 16, from noon to 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Use the hashtag #PSAW18 to join. See details here.

Saturday – Keep the Conversation Going
Encourage individuals to visit the online discussion forum to connect with others, share best practices, and learn new ideas for observing Patient Safety Awareness Week.

For health care professionals, the site has even more ideas here, including joining the patient safety discussion forum, using campaign materials, sharing your organization’s campaign, utilizing social media and more.

At Clean Hands – Safe Hands, we support all patient safety efforts, including reducing healthcare-associated infections via improving hand hygiene. If you’d like to explore how our system typically doubles hand hygiene performance rates, here’s a brief video about how it works. Or here’s a white paper on How the New Joint Commission Hand Hygiene Standards Could Impact Your Hospital.

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