Web site spotlight: Hospitals focus on training staff members, engaging patients about safety issues

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 19, 2010

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has sponsored Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) since 2002 as a means of making caregivers, other hospital staff, and community members more aware of patient safety issues.

This year, the event is being observed from March 7 to 13, and facilities across the country are using the opportunity to educate and involve their staff and patients. This year's PSAW theme is "Let's Talk: Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare." Members of the NPSF's Stand Up for Patient Safety program received a host of materials from the NPSF to help them coordinate the week in conjunction with the theme.

The NPSF used its well-known "Ask Me Three" template that urges patients to use the following three questions when receiving care:

  • What is my main problem?
  • What do I need to do?
  • Why is it important for me to do this?

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