Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week

Posted on March 06, 2020

Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW), hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), will be celebrated March 8-14 to increase awareness about patient safety and recognize the work that is already in-progress to reduce the risk of preventable patient harm in hospitals.

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2020Through the MHA Keystone Center, Michigan hospitals advance safety in healthcare year-round through various initiatives and collaboratives. In March 2019, the MHA launched a workplace safety collaborative for hospitals to improve employee and patient safety by addressing several core areas of harm: workplace violence, patient handling-related injuries, sharps injuries, and slips, trips and falls. Since then, several workshops, collaboration calls and resources were offered to participating members.

Improving safety and quality of care for mothers and infants has also been a large focus for the MHA Keystone Center and its members. In 2016, the MHA Keystone Center partnered with the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) to bring together resources to help reduce morbidity and mortality for moms and babies across the state. Between 2014 and 2017, complications from hemorrhage have declined by 19.6% and maternal hypertension complications have decreased by 19% in Michigan birthing hospitals. 

PSAW presents an opportunity to focus on the organizational efforts to make care safer for Michigan residents and beyond. Below are ways hospitals can celebrate PSAW:

  • Nominate an improvement team for the MHA Advancing Safe Care Award. The award focuses on four key issues – safety culture, quality improvement, transparency and health equity. 
  • Recognize an individual or team from an MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization hospital that has demonstrated a commitment to preventing patient or staff harm by submitting a nomination for the MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award.
  • Use the hashtag, #PSAW20, to participate in the IHI and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Twitter chat from noon to 1 p.m. March 12 The discussion will focus on effective methods for improving safety during care transitions.
  • Take the pledge to help reduce harm in healthcare. These pledges underscore the fact that there are actions each provider can take to improve care across the care continuum. ‚Äč

Members with questions or who would like to participate in the MHA Keystone Center initiatives may contact the MHA Keystone Center.



  • Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week

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