It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is urging everyone to participate in Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 11th through March 17th. The focus this year is on two critical issues – safety culture and patient engagement. Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) will be filled with events and activities for both healthcare professionals and for healthcare consumers. PSAW resources for healthcare professionals can be found here, while resources and information targeted for consumers is found here.
Recent studies have shown that steady progress is being made in patient safety yet medical error and preventable harm are still contributing to injury and death among patients. Nationally, one in five people reportedly experienced an error in medical care, of which 73% claimed the error had a long-term or permanent impact on their physical, emotional, or even financial well-being. Less than 50% of people who experienced a medical error actually reported it to a medical professional or someone at the facility where they received care. Most claimed that they were unsure of how to report an error or they felt that it wouldn’t do any good.
Finding ways to encourage patients to speak up and ask more questions is one of the goals for PSAW, along with helping organizations recognize when they have gaps in safety and patient engagement, and helping them develop ways to take the necessary corrective actions.
On Friday, March 16 at 12:00 PM (EST), IHI will be hosting a Twitter Chat: Building a Safety Culture. For a full hour, various governmental, advocacy, and professional organizations will be answering questions and sharing strategies to advance a greater culture of safety in healthcare. Twitter users can follow IHI (@IHI) and participate in the event by using #PSAW18.
Does your organization have a safety culture that encourages patients to report errors in care? Are other employees encouraged to report? Are you going to take the United for Patient Safety campaign pledge? We want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below, or follow the discussion on our Facebook page.