Patient Safety In Action: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017
Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017 campaign logo.
PAtient Safety Awareness Week kicks off on March 12 and the Department of Defense Patient Safety Program (DoD PSP) has a variety of opportunities to recognize "United in Patient Safety." Patient Safety Awareness Week offers an opportunity to recognize the importance of quality care and patient safety throughout the Military Health System (MHS) and unifying military treatment facilities (MTFs) to use best practices to ensure consistent delivery of care to Service members, veterans and their families no matter where they are in the world.
The "United in Patient Safety" theme also opens the conversation between health care professionals and their patients to unite as members of the patient's health care team. Together, working as a team, and keeping lines of communication open, both providers and the patients can reduce harm and ensure the integrity of the care that is delivered.
Patient Safety Awareness Week Activities
The PSP is offering several activities in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week to encourage health care professionals to engage with each other to openly discuss patient safety challenges and the best practices that can help reduce patient risk.
- A joint Veterans Affairs (VA) and DoD webinar series is being offered continually throughout the week. Sessions run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The PSP will be hosting two sessions on Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. During these sessions, six DoD MTFs will share their award-winning best practices to improve a patient safety challenge at their facility. Details of these presentations are available in the PSLC Calendar of Events.
- Patient safety champions across the DoD will also have an opportunity to test their patient safety knowledge with the daily quiz on PSP's Facebook page.
- By signing up for the daily Patient Safety Awareness Week Tip e-mails, health care professionals will also receive "Daily Dose of Patient Safety" tip e-mails each day.
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is also hosting a webinar in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week that focuses on "The Voice of the Patient and the Public." NPSF CEO and President Dr. Tejal Gandhi will moderate the conversation.
MTFs are encouraged to get involved in the conversations and activities occurring during Patient Safety Awareness Week and sharing what they did to celebrate with the PSP via e-mail. Following Patient Safety Awareness Week, the PSP will showcase how the week was celebrated across the MHS on the DoD PSP web site.
Patient Safety Resources
The PSP has long been engaged in providing MTFs with the services, products, recourses and solutions needed to improve patient safety and reduce harm. A new resource, the "Guidebook for Eliminating Wrong Site Surgery and Procedure Events," was recently released to help surgical teams add value to their initiatives and reduce surgical and procedural harm. This guide, among other materials, are designed with all health care professionals in mind and meant to unify health care delivery teams to foster uniform patient care throughout the MHS.
The MHS has united around sentinel events – unanticipated health care events that result in death or serious harm to the patient – including determining the root cause of the event to developing best practices and new strategies to prevent it from occurring again. PSP's products and services, along with the use of the MHS Dashboard, are vital tools for DoD health care facilities to use on a regular basis as health care professionals work together to build a high reliability organization.
DoD health care professionals with access to the PSLC can stay up-to-date on the latest patient safety data with the MHS Patient Safety Data Snapshot and best practices and interesting initiatives in the MHS Patient Safety Spotlight. Both resources are provided by the DoD Patient Safety Program's Analysis Center and available on the PSLC.
This data, along with the numerous PSP toolkits and guides help health care teams improve teamwork, communication, situational awareness and ultimately safe quality health care in the MHS. Patient safety is a pillar of high reliability organizations (HROs) and the information available to health care professionals supports the MHS journey to becoming an HRO. For more information about DoD PSP products and services, please visit the PSP web site.