Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017 - The Week in Review

Patient Safety Awareness Week took place March 12-18, 2017, with health care organizations, patients, and health professionals from across the country and internationally demonstrating their commitment to safe care.

In case you missed any of the action, here are some highlights:


On Tuesday, March 14, NPSF hosted a Twitter chat on the topic of Patient Safety: What Patients Want (and Need) to Know. We covered four general subtopic areas:

  • Communication: What are the greatest areas of risk for communication breakdowns and ways to improve communication between clinicians and patients/families to improve safety?
  • Medication Safety: What steps do clinicians take to prevent medication errors? What steps should patients and families take to ensure safe use of medications? How does technology help or hinder medication safety?
  • Patient Engagement, Patient Experience, and Patient Safety; What is the difference between patient engagement and patient experience of care? How do they differ and where are the overlaps?
  • Patient Safety Past and Future: What should the future of the patient safety field look like in order to accelerate progress? How do you hope things will have improved in the next 5 or 10 years?

If you missed the chat, you can view a record of it here.

On Wednesday, March 15, NPSF hosted a complimentary webcast entitled The Voice of the Patient and the Public. The panel of speakers included Marshall Allen, reporter with ProPublica; Rosemary Gibson, senior advisor at the Hastings Center; and Martin Hatlie, JD, president and CEO, Project Patient Care. NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi moderated.

If you missed it, you can download the slides and listen to the audio here.


Pledges Keep Coming

All week long, consumers and health professionals took our pledge for patient safety. More than 400 consumers took the pledge and almost 3,600 health professionals did so -- more than twice as many as in 2016.

If you didn't take the pledge yet, you still can. Go here.

Patient Safety Awareness Week In the News

The American Hospital Association used the week to share success stories,

HFM magazine made the case for facilities staff to be aware and involved in patient safety,

The Department of Defense, longtime members of the NPSF Stand UP for Patient Safety program, celebrated at facilities at home and abroad. One example is from Naval Hospital Pensacola, which hosted trivia contests, a room of errors, and more,

NPSF President and CEO Dr. Gandhi had a guest column on the CDC Safe Healthcare blog,

Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Jeff Brady were co-authors of a piece on the AHRQ blog,

Dr. Gandhi also had a commentary published in Modern Healthcare on the Call to Action: Preventable Health Care Harm Is a Public Health Crisis and Patient Safety Requires a Coordinated Public Health Response

For Consumers: Safety Tips Videos

Check out our series of short videos with tips for consumers about how they can stay safe in health settings and during health care encounters. View videos on Communication, Your Condition, and Safe Care.

Thank you and Save the Date

We want to thank everyone who took part this year. Special thanks to 2017 exclusive sponsor Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and our other campaign partners. See who they are.

Save the Date: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018 is scheduled for March 11-17, 2018.


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