Patient Safety Awareness Week, the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) campaign to reduce medical errors in healthcare settings, will run March 13-19. The series of events is intended to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals, policy makers, and the public.
Among the key events are a Twitter chat, “Safety in All Settings,” scheduled for March 15 at 2 PM EST. Topics to be covered include medication errors and adverse events, communication and care transitions, diagnostic errors, and infections. According to the NPSF, participants will be encouraged to share awareness tips for patients, as well as resources, strategies, and articles for patients and professionals who want to try to improve safety across the continuum of care. Users can participate with the hashtag #PSAW16chat.
On March 17, a complimentary webcast, “Patient Safety Is a Public Health Issue,” will be held from 1–2 PM EST. During the session, representatives from NPSF, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss patient safety and what is being done to advance it on a national level.
For more information, visit the NPSF website.