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Leap into Patient Safety! #PSAW2016 is Here.

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Patient safety should be a top priority 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 366 days a year. In other words, everyday is patient safety day. Is it in your organization? Leap into this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week and take the patient safety pledge today! After all, we are all patients.  

According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, one in ten patients develop a health care acquired condition during hospitalization. Medical error causes the death of 44,000 to 98,000 hospital patients a year. Check out their latest report, "Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err is Human" where they provide eight recommendations for achieving total systems safety. 

Join Center for Patient Safety (CPS) and thousands of other healthcare professionals in raising patient safety awareness by taking an active role in the United for Patient Safety campaign. The ultimate goal is to keep patients and those who care for them free from harm. Everyone plays a role in delivering safe care, so what is your team doing? 


There are a number of ways you can participate in #PSAW2016. Here are few tactics to get you started: 

  1. Download CPS’s free Patient Safety Awareness Week Kit. The toolkit includes a Guide with tips and suggestions along with downloadable banners, posters, postcards and more.

  2. Review CPS’s Consumer Guide for Addressing Patient Safety Concerns.

  3. Administer a survey on patient safety culture. Not sure how to get started? CPS can help you create a successful safety culture survey. Make sure to inform staff of when the survey will be, acknowledge the positive results and thank them for participating.

  4. Most importantly—maintain the Momentum! Attend CPS’s upcoming 10th Annual Patient Safety Conference on April 7, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. This year’s theme is “A Culture at the Crossroads”. Early-bird registration ends Friday, February 26 so register today.

    Are you really ready to put time and focus into patient safety? There are a few different ways you can take your participation to the next level.

    1. PSO DAY! CPS is excited to announce the return of PSO Day as a companion event with our Annual Patient Safety Conference. All CPS PSO Hospital Participants are eligible to attend this FREE event. Register now.

    2. Poster Presentation. CPS invites you to share your successes in providing safe care. The deadline to submit is Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

    3. Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities. The sponsorships include year-round recognition on our website, social media promotion, promotions at conferences and more.





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