In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, healthcare providers, and the public, Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic has announced its participation in the 2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Patient Safety 7/365.
Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, healthcare organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources with hospital staff.
Patient Safety Awareness Week, which NPSF created in 2002, will be recognized March 3 through 9, 2013. This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365, highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of focusing on patient safety all year round. The 7 days of the campaign also serve as time to recognize the range of work being done to improve health care safety worldwide.
Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic will engage staff, patients, and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety.
“Patient Safety 7/365 reminds us that providing safe patient care requires a constant and valiant effort, 365 days a year. This week encourages a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between health care organizations, providers, and consumers, regardless of their current state of health. The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts toward patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo,” said Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president, National Patient Safety Foundation.
NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be part of the solution.
“This week is a nice acknowledgement of the year-long efforts the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic Providers and Staff make to protect patient safety. It is also a great reminder to the patients about the role they play in their own healthcare safety,” states Jodi Ulmen, Quality & Risk Management Director at the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic.
For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.