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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 global health priority.  For this inaugural year, WHO is urging all stakeholders to “Speak Up for Patient Safety.” 

 

HOW WE ARE SPEAKING UP 

 

At SaferCare Texas our mission is to eliminate preventable harm. We work every day to educate, train, and identify opportunities to eliminate medical errors to assure all patients receive the safest care.  Below are several of our resources and programs that we use to speak up for patient safety. 

 

Asthma 411

Our Asthma 411 program is a comprehensive evidence-based program that equips school nurses with the necessary training and resources to quickly respond to a child in respiratory distress.

 

With a physician’s standing orders, a school nurse can quickly assess a student who is having difficulty breathing and administer nebulized albuterol to help the child breathe better. 

 

In collaboration with public school districts and schools, Asthma 411 staff members track attendance information and other data to validate the program’s effectiveness. We work with the district to use those data to generate state-mandated reports.

 

What About Mom? App

Moms need help too! After having a baby, there is a lot to think about for new moms. Our app makes life a little easier. The What About Mom? app shows postpartum moms how to take care of their health. Check it out. 

 

Friday Night at the ER

A game-like tabletop simulation, Friday Night at the ER challenges teams of 4 to manage a busy hospital during a simulated 24-hour period that takes just one actual hour. Our team of trained facilitators teach patient safety through collaboration, innovation, data driven resources, and systems thinking. Schedule your simulation today. 

 

Room of Hazards

We designed this two-part activity called the “Room of Hazards” using clinic exam rooms to demonstrate common ambulatory care safety threats. Our exam rooms simulate safety threats including medication related errors, potential infection related harms, and environmental hazards. This activity provides employees with hands-on training, team development, and skills assessment. Read how we enhanced a clinical staff’s awareness of patient safety with our “Room of Hazards” activity. 

 

 

Training on Culture and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards (CLAS)

Health literacy is a major driver of patient safety at SaferCare Texas. If health care professionals don’t communicate with patients correctly, they can do more harm than good. The C.LA.S. standards course, led by our health literacy subject matter expect, Dr. Teresa Wagner, teaches health care professionals how to provide culturally competent care for patients and clients. 

 

These are just a few resources and activities we are using to eliminate preventable harm. Contact us today to learn how you can be a part of the patient safety community. 

 

 World Patient Safety Day was established by Member States at the 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019.  

 

Visit the World Health Organization’s campaign site for further details about observations around the world.

#PatientSafety and #WorldPatientSafetyDay.