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We are Speaking Up for Patient Safety

For the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on September 17, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launch a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making health care safer.  We at SaferCare Texas are proud to join the WHO and other leading organizations around the world to declare patient safety to be a...

DISPOSE YOUR PERSCRIPTON DRUGS CORRECTLY. YOU COULD SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE.

Often times, consumers are not always familiar with the process of disposing expired, unwanted, or unused medications. As a result, they will attempt to bring these medications back to the pharmacy or the provider’s clinic for disposal. However, these sites are not able to take back the medication once it leaves the premises due to concerns of contamination. This increases...

Nutrition Literacy and Patient Safety: Could this impact your patients?

As a registered dietitian, I know that the misunderstanding of basic nutrition or medical nutrition therapy can have major consequences for patient outcomes. I have seen the link between nutrition literacy and patient safety many times. Some of the more memorable encounters include:A newborn infant admitted near death because her mother did not know that crushed chips in soda placed...

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IS KEY

A friend recently began experiencing physical symptoms and was hospitalized, tests were run, and a quite serious condition was discovered. He was discharged from the hospital with referrals to several specialists to pursue a course of treatment. Expressing frustration, he and his wife shared with me that they felt as if they were starting over with each new individual practitioner....

Workplace violence: Harm to patients and caregivers is preventable

What is Workplace Violence?The CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as “violent acts (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed toward persons at work or on duty.2The U.S. Department of Labor defines workplace violence as an action (verbal, written, or physical aggression) which is intended to control or cause, or is capable of...