Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm by Linnea Huinker, MHA
PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS
This week, March 6-12, is Patient Safety Awareness Week, a week-long national campaign created to encourage patients and their families to be active partners with their healthcare team. Typically, we celebrate other themed weeks (Imaging Week, Nurses Week, Laboratory Week, etc.) by hosting hospital-wide themed celebrations for staff to visit and learn about the other departments and disciplines. However, for Patient Safety Awareness Week, Maple Grove Hospital is choosing not to hold any formal events. You may be thinking, with something as important as patient safety, why would we not do anything to highlight the efforts we do at the hospital around patient safety?
The answer is simple: at Maple Grove Hospital we like to think that patient safety is of the utmost importance and that every week is patient safety awareness week.
Sponsored by the Boston based National Patient Safety Foundation, Patient Safety Awareness Week directs people to NPSF’s website, allowing patients and families to learn about activities that can improve communication with health care providers. Patients and families can also find useful tools and tips on how to become more involved in their healthcare care, prevent hospital readmission, and prevent hospital-acquired infections.
Another patient safety focused organization is The Joint Commission, a national private organization that accredits over 17,000 hospitals and health care organizations in the United States. Through the accreditation process, The Joint Commission ensures safe and effective care. The Joint Commission’s new campaign geared towards patients and their families, called "Speak Up," is designed to increase patient awareness and involvement. Visit their website to learn more about ways you can "Speak Up" about your healthcare.
Patient Safety from the Patient’s Perspective
Patient Safety from the Hospital’s Perspective
Good Communication + Strong Partnerships = Safe Patients
Linnea Mueller, MHA
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