The first week in March, 7-11 is an annual education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety. Each year, healthcare organizations take part by deploying educational resources to hospital staff. The National Patient Safety Foundation 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, inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does.
This week’s annual national education and awareness-building campaign carries great implications for patient safety. Patients play an important role in keeping their families safe by making sure prescription drugs in the home are up to date and out of reach of children. Everyone should use National Patient Safety Awareness Week as an appropriate time for an annual check-up and clean-out of the medicine cabinet.
Patient Safety Success rests with both patients and providers:
Health care providers should listen to their patients, explain with basic terms, and encourage patients to be partners in their care.
Patients should take ownership in their condition and care. Ask questions for thorough understanding and to become a partner with their doctor in managing their healthcare.