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Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 8-14, 2020

March 09, 2020

Pennsylvania health care consumers and providers have the opportunity this week to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14). This annual event, organized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is designed to create awareness about patient safety and to empower consumers to take an active role in their health care. This year’s theme is Every Day is Patient Safety Day.

IHI offers multiple resources and activities, including a no cost webinar, tips to celebrate events locally and virtually, and ideas to help hospitals to highlight their commitment to patient safety and quality of care.

Helping hospitals to increase awareness about patient safety is a priority for HAP. HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) is working with hospitals in reduction of all-cause harm across 11 hospital-acquired conditions (HAC), plus reduction in 30-day all-cause readmissions.  Hospitals have full access to a calendar of webinars and other educational events, tools and resources, and enhanced data analytics designed to drive rapid improvement. Dedicated project managers, physician champions, and expert faculty advisory councils provide an authoritative voice in best practices to achieve hospital harm avoidance goals.

HAP also offers hospitals the voice of the patient and family through its Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The PFAC is comprised of patients, family members, hospital caregivers and community leaders, and serves to assist Pennsylvania hospitals in patient-centric care efforts.

For additional information regarding patient safety and quality of care work, contact HAP’s vice president, quality and population health, Rob Shipp, HAP’s vice president, quality and population health.