National Patient Safety Foundation Announces Patient Safety 7/365

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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2013-- 7 Days of Recognition, 365 Days Committed to Safe Care.

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2013

The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts toward patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo.

Medication safety and health care culture and safety are the focus as the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3-9, 2013. This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365, reminds health care professionals and health consumers that providing safe patient care requires constant dedication and effort, 365 days a year. The 7 days of the campaign also serve as time to recognize the focused work and efforts to improve health care safety worldwide.

“Patient Safety Awareness Week encourages a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between health care organizations, providers, and consumers,” says Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president, NPSF. “The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts toward patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo.”

Since 2002, NPSF has led health care organizations around the world in this weeklong campaign in educating and increasing awareness around improving patient safety at the local level. This year, in partnership with other organizations, NPSF will mark the week with activities for providers and health care consumers:

•Wednesday, March 6, 2:00 pm EST
NPSF will offer a webcast on the topic of medication safety self-assessment for hospitals with guest speaker Allen Vaida, PharmD, FASHP, executive vice president, Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). The session, primarily geared to hospital-based professionals, will offer information about how to evaluate safe medication practices and conduct a self-assessment. Register for this program at http://bit.ly/134H0DJ

•Thursday, March 7, Noon to 1:00 pm EST
In conjunction with the TOP-MEDS Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, NPSF (@theNPSF) will cohost a twitter chat about opioid prescribing and opioid safety. Researchers from the TOP-MEDs project at the UIC CERT (@UIC_CERT) will tweet about their recent project and take questions from participants during the chat. Participants can follow the chat with the hashtag #cert_opioids.

•As it has every year during Patient Safety Awareness Week, NPSF recently reaffirmed the Universal Patient Compact, which specifically speaks to the importance of patient-provider partnering.

NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations during the week to promote awareness. Hospitals and health care organizations, in particular, are urged to plan events for staff and patients within their own organizations. NPSF also offers a range of educational and promotional materials, such as posters, tent cards, and buttons that health care providers may acquire to augment their activities.

Check the NPSF website for complete details of Patient Safety Awareness Week activities, resources, and tools.

About National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997–to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the work of the National Patient Safety Foundation, please visit: http://www.npsf.org.

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