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Patient safety focus of local campaign

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, Lincoln County Health System has announced its participation in the 2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Patient Safety 7/365.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources with hospital staff.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, which NPSF created in 2002, was recognized March 3-9, 2013. This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365, highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of focusing on patient safety all year round. The 7 days of the campaign also serve as time to recognize the range of work being done to improve health care safety worldwide.

Lincoln County Health System will engage staff, patients, and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety.

“Patient Safety 7/365 reminds us that providing safe patient care requires a constant and valiant effort, 365 days a year. This week encourages a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between health care organizations, providers, and consumers, regardless of their current state of health. The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts toward patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo,” said Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president, National patient Safety Foundation.

NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be part of the solution.

“Even though this week is set aside to recognize National Patient Safety Week we make our mission our passion … patient safety every day, every patient,” said Health System CEO Jamie Guin.

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org. The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.