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Why Patient Safety?

Every March we celebrate Patient Safety Week, but what actually is patient safety?

Patient Safety is a health care discipline that emerged with the evolving complexity in health care systems and the resulting rise of patient harm in health care facilities. It aims to prevent and reduce risks, errors and harm that occur to patients during provision of health care. A cornerstone of the discipline is continuous improvement based on learning from errors and adverse events.

The time is NOW – Speak up for Safer Care

Did you know that every year almost half a million people die from preventable health care errors? It’s time to call attention and help educate others on how to prevent these errors from occurring. Join us March 14-20, 2021 to Speak Up For Safer Care. Below are several resources on how YOU can celebrate with us this week.

Source: World Health Organization

Celebrate With Us

Share Your Patient Safety Story

Share what patient safety means to you, or an experience you have had where patient safety was needed. Share it on social media and use #SpeakUpForSaferCare.

Spread Awareness

Download our graphic and share it across your social media platforms to help people realize the importance of patient safety.

Change Your Facebook Cover Photo

Create more awareness around patient safety by downloading our Facebook Cover photo.

Add Our Frame to Your Facebook Profile Picture

Add our frame to your Facebook profile picture. Click the button below and then search "Speak Up For Safer Care" to add our banner to your profile picture.

Learn More About Patient Safety

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, a time to reflect on the importance of safety in healthcare. In every aspect of the continuum of care there is risk for harm to a patient or a healthcare team member.  Read more…

What Patient Safety Means to Us...

"Patient safety is when a health care team goes the extra mile to care for a patient. When the doctor or nurse know the patient as a real person and not another number, that's when you can tell the team truly has the patient's best interest."
Katie Shanklin
"Safety means to me freedom from harm. Safety requires individuals to be honest, proactive, and open to learn. Teamwork and systems thinking are some of the foundations to safety. "
Kate Taylor
"To me, patient safety starts with creating an environment where patients have the assurance that they will be able to communicate with their provider."
Clara Ramirez
"Patient safety for me is asthma focused. The majority of harm caused by asthma is preventable through improved access to basic health care, medications, health education, and reduced exposures to environmental triggers. We know what needs to be done to reduce or eliminate the burden of asthma. The challenge is to make it happen for more people."
Leslie Allsopp
"Patient safety is a personal contribution for family caregivers.  It provides the adult child an opportunity to contribute to the safety of a beloved family member.   Family caregivers take on considerable responsibilities in the safe care of their “patients” by being actively and constantly committed to safe care practices – family depends on it."
Lee Ann Cunningham
"Patient safety means people’s ability to use health information to stay healthy and well in the community. That’s why my colleagues and I develop health literacy tools such as the What About Mom? App and WebLitLegit to meet the needs of people in our community and address not only patient safety but also health equity by empowering all people with clear information to make informed choices to optimize their own health and healthcare." 
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Teresa Wagner
" Patient safety is an established safety culture where failures are proactively analyzed to eliminate preventable patient harm. This shared mental model consists of patients, health care students, health care providers, health care staff, hospitals/hospital systems, communities, and leadership at all levels collaborating for this collective purpose."
John Sims
John Sims
"To me, the best way to conceptualize safety is from the patient’s perspective. When people seek health care whether it’s in a primary or specialty care clinic, an ambulatory surgery center, a hospital, or even an in-home visit, they expect the following from health care providers and team members: Keep them safe. Know them –the whole them. First and foremost, they expect us to keep them safe!"
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Tracy Chamblee

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