Awareness Week to Focus on Patient Engagement, Safety Culture

Posted on March 04, 2018

National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018National Patient Safety Awareness Week (NPSAW) takes place March 11 through 17, and the MHA and the National Patient Safety Foundation encourage Michigan hospitals and health systems to recognize the importance of patient safety by getting involved in NPSAW activities and promoting awareness of the significance of high-quality care within their organizations.

Below are examples of ways hospitals can celebrate NPSAW: 

  • Share patient safety success stories on social media with the hashtags #patientsafety, #PSAW18 and #UnitedForPatientSafety.
  • Nominate an improvement team for the MHA’s new Advancing Safe Care Award. The award recognizes teams of healthcare professionals in Michigan hospitals who show evidence of a safety culture, demonstrate improvement for disparate populations, reflect a learning organization, and focus on transparency internally and to the community.
  • Recognize individuals and/or teams within the organization who speak up against patient and staff harm by nominating them for the MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award.
  • Stand with patients and wear a patient gown. Snap a picture in the gown and post it to social media with the caption, “We are all patients.” Be sure to use the hashtags #patientsafety, #PSAW18 and #UnitedForPatientSafety and tag @TheIHI.

This year’s United for Patient Safety campaign activities, including a free webcast, will discuss the importance of engaging patients and providers and speaking up for patient safety.

NPSAW is also an opportunity to celebrate Michigan hospitals’ successes in improving quality and patient safety in healthcare. The MHA will share stories on its website and social media channels during NPSAW that highlight member hospitals’ work to increase patient engagement and cultivate a culture of safety.

Michigan hospital directors of patient safety and quality improvement will receive NPSAW posters and table tents in the mail to display throughout their facilities.

Members with questions about NPSAW should contact the MHA Keystone Center.

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