Patient safety is important every day of the year, but from March 13-19, health care providers and consumers will take a pledge to focus on spreading a higher quality of care to reduce risks, lower costs and keep patients healthier. The theme of this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW), led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is United for Patient Safety.
Here are some ideas from the NPSF to help you participate in PSAW and become a partner in safety:
1. Form positive relationships between all partners on care teams by creating open lines of communication.
Patients can start by discussing what matters most to them and their biggest concerns with doctors and pharmacists. Providers can spark conversation among one another about implementing NPSF’s Free from Harm Report recommendations. A few useful patient and provider resources include The Universal Patient Compact, the Safety Is Personal report and the Ask Me 3 tool.
2. Get involved with PSAW events, or even host your own.
The NPSF is offering a complimentary webcast, Patient Safety Is A Public Health Issue, on March 17, and the Center for Patient Safety has put together a toolkit equipped with promotional materials to help host an event. Leap into PSAW with a viewing party for the webcast, followed by a group discussion with staff, patients and/or providers on ways to improve safety.
3. Take advantage of the social media era.
Use the virtual world to encourage others to get involved using hashtags like #PtSafety, #PSAW2016 and #UnitedForPatientSafety. Not social media savvy? Check out these sample posts from United for Patient Safety.