Patient Safety Awareness Week at Advance Community Health
By: Kelly Wright, Director of Marketing and Communications and Michelle Davis, Risk Manager
It’s National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8th through March 14th, and the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. As we share information with you regarding COVID-19 we also want to be sure your medical staff is practicing good patient safety with you.
From the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: “Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about health care safety. During this week, IHI seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, and inspire action to improve the safety of the health care system — for patients and the workforce.” You may read more from the IHI here.
Doctors, nurses, medical assistants, social workers, pharmacists, and other Advance Community Health staff are actively participating in Patient Safety Awareness Week, organized by our Risk Manager, Michelle Davis.
On Monday, the week starts with awareness about Event Reporting. Medical staff can electronically report any incidents to managers for tracking and easy follow-up. These reports are used to create a safer and more reliable work environment.
On Tuesday, staff are encouraged to pledge their personal commitment to safety. Examples can be verifying all patient information with each visit, or reviewing medication instructions with a patient on every visit. That is not the end of the list, and staff are encouraged to spread their messages among their teams.
On Wednesday, staff will complete a survey to see where Advance Community Health stands on patient safety and learn the steps we need to take together to create a safer environment for staff and patients.
On Thursday, we get creative! Various posters, dry erase boards, etc, will be displayed throughout our facilities to educate our patients and encourage questions. There will even be some friendly competition for the most creative way staff promotes patient safety.
On Friday, our staff finds out who won for most creative display. We are encourage all staff to share their good catches and even potential mistakes and how it impacts patient care.
Recognizing events like Patient Safety Awareness Week goes further to emphasize the mission of Advance Community Health – To deliver quality, compassionate primary healthcare – every patient, every time – in response to the needs of our communities.”
If you would like more information about how we practice patient safety, please contact Risk Manager Michelle Davis at 919-769-5559.