Quality & Patient Safety

Patient Safety Awareness Week gives facilities opportunity to train staff members, engage patients in safety issues

Patient Safety Monitor, March 1, 2010

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Since 2002, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has sponsored Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) as a means of making caregivers, other types of hospital staff, and community members more aware of patient safety issues. This year, the event is being observed from March 7 to March 13, and facilities across the country are using the opportunity to educate and involve their staff and patients.

“The origin of the focus was really to provide a week not just for heightened awareness about patient safety, but very specifically a focus on the role of the patient and the consumer in the work,” says Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, president of the NPSF, which has expanded the scope of the week by further focusing on the relationship between patients and healthcare providers.

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