Patient Safety Awareness

This year, Patient Safety Awareness Week falls between March 13 and 19. The observance marks a dedicated time to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. This issue of QIO News is focused on the work of the QIO Program and health care industry to reduce health care-associated infections and hospital-acquired conditions, improve medication safety and, overall, keep patients safe.

Dr. Arjun Srinivasan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, discusses achievements and areas for improvement in health care-associated infection reduction.  
In honor of their son, Nile, who lost his life to a bacterial infection, Ty and Carole Moss established a coalition of friends, entertainers and advocacy organizations to end unnecessary deaths from health care-associated infections.
In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, we share tips for enhanced patient/provider collaboration in improving care quality and safety.
The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition’s peer-to-peer mentoring program successfully reduced missed appointments among dialysis patients. Find out more about peer support and self-management. 
Learn how the Quality Improvement Organization Program's newest component will help identify and spread quality improvement best practices among health care providers.
Learn how health care providers, patients and stakeholders can get involved with the observance and help pave the way to a higher quality of care. 
Get a sneak peek at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2015 Quality Improvement Organization Program Progress Report, as well as at an upcoming Learning and Action Network Summit. 
Did You Know?
March is month three of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) yearlong “Culture of Safety” campaign, aimed at improving the safety of care for both patients and providers. The ANA is supporting the “Quadruple Aim,” a concept that adds better health for providers to the goals of the “Three-Part Aim,” which currently includes better care, better health and lower costs. As part of the campaign, ANA is building out its existing resources and offering new educational opportunities, events and webinars.