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March starts with patient safety week; government proposes creation of patient safety organizations

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 4, 2008

This week is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, a time for healthcare facilities across the country to promote patient safety within their own organizations, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation. Key elements for a patient safety awareness campaign recommended by the foundation are:

  • Patients learning how to become active members of healthcare teams
  • Healthcare workers learning how to report errors within their own healthcare systems

Click here for the foundation's ABCs of Patient Safety and a list of activities to promote patent safety in your healthcare facility.

On a related note, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 12 proposed a regulation that would establish Patient Safety Organizations (PSO) that collect and analyze patient safety events. PSOs are formally recognized by the HHS and would allow healthcare providers to report patient safety events without fear of legal liability as well as aid in the sharing of collected patient safety data.

To read the HHS announcement, click here.

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