Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 14 – 20, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

“AHRQ and colleagues from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the entire patient safety community are collaborating to observe Patient Safety Awareness Week. While AHRQ’s mission keeps us focused on patient safety all year long, this is a great time to raise awareness about the importance of making healthcare as safe as possible for everyone. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – AHRQ)

Despite substantial effort over the past 20 years, preventable harm in health care remains a major concern in the United States. Though many evidence-based, effective best practices related to harm reduction have been identified, they are seldom shared nationally and implemented effectively across multiple organizations.

Reducing preventable harm requires a concerted, persistent, coordinated effort by all stakeholders, and a total systems approach to safety.

Patient Safety Awareness Week serves as a dedicated time and platform for growing awareness about patient safety and recognizing the work already being done. (Institute for Healthcare Improvement – IHI).

Join us March 14–20, 2021, as we help to bring together and engage healthcare professionals and patients to make care safer.”

Some recent safety resources to check out include: