PSAW2014.400Healthcare organizations worldwide will join together in a concentrated effort aimed at energizing staff and educating patients while spotlighting their commitment to patient safety during Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2 – 8, 2014. The theme for the week-long campaign sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation is Navigate Your Health…Safely.

In addition to its focus on the need for providers to work closely with patients in becoming more engaged in their own health care, this year’s campaign will specifically shed light on the issue of diagnostic error which can be defined as “a wrong, delayed or missed diagnosis.” Such errors are estimated to occur in 10 to 20 percent of patient cases. The NPSF has worked in collaboration with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and the Cautious Patient Foundation to  develop content to be shared during Patient Safety Awareness Week as well as a series of webcasts to be broadcast throughout the month of March.

With Patient Safety Awareness Week just one month away, it’s time to think about what your organization can to do to elevate this year’s movement. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Stock up on educational and promotional materials to mark Patient Safety Awareness Week in your facility. Order buttons, pens, posters, stickers, tent cards and more when you visit the NPSF Store.
  • Get ready to engage and share your plans via social media! Post your photos, videos, plans or ideas on the Patient Safety Awareness Week Facebook Event Page. Take a look now at the sample posts prepared by the NPSF for your use. Don’t forget to use the event hashtag #PSAW2014 when posting your insights, ideas, events and accomplishments that week.
  • Watch the Ask Me 3 video with your staff and patients.
  • Register for the NPSF’s online educational module, Reducing Diagnostic Error, a self-paced learning program offering continuing education and continuing medical education credit.

For more information on Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014, click here.