Everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care. Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is an annual education and awareness campaign for improving patient health outcomes and safety, led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. To bring awareness to this issue, we encourage providers, patients and other stakeholders to take an active role in the observance, which takes place March 8-14.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
1. Improve your own communication. The first and most important thing you can do to participate in PSAW is to take an active role in uniting both health care providers and patients. Health care providers can take an active role in keeping patients and families both informed and engaged, and patients can ask follow-up questions and take an active role in their health care. Valuable patient resources include the Ask Me 3 tool and the Universal Patient Compact.
2. Spread the word. Use social media and word of mouth to encourage others to participate in PSAW. Social media hashtags like #PatientSafety and #PatientSafetyWeek can be utilized along with links to various resources and information available at: http://www.npsf.org/
3. Host or Attend a PSAW event. What better way to improve communications between health providers and patients than to have an event where you are able to talk face to face? PSAW events can be used to better open the lines of communication and provide educational materials to fully equip both patients and providers. Promotional materials to generate buzz prior to the event can be found in this downloadable Center For Patient Safety Awareness Toolkit.