Patient Safety Awareness Week Is March 8-14
Patient Safety Awareness Week recognizes our commitment to patient safety and promotes awareness among our staff, patients, and community.
This year’s theme is United in Safety. Everyone in the healthcare process plays a role in delivering safe care, and by uniting together and sharing that common goal, we can make a difference in patient safety.
From patients to care providers, from the front lines to the executive suite— we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm.
Ongoing patient safety activities at Whidbey General include:
- Safer Use of Antibiotics:
Whidbey General Hospital & Clinics are partnering with the Washington State Hospital Association in the Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative. Healthcare providers and organizations are collaborating to find innovative strategies for safer use of antibiotics and to prevent the emergence of drug-resistant “superbugs.”
- Medication Reconciliation: Medication errors are a common patient safety concern. A team of nurses, pharmacists and providers at Whidbey General is working to ensure we have correct home medication lists for all patients coming to the hospital or visiting one of our clinics. We will work to reconcile the patient medication list upon discharge from the hospital - all within the electronic medical record. Download a medical information form.
- The Patient Safety Net (PSN) is a web-based event reporting, tracking and quality improvement process. All staff can access the PSN to report patient, visitor, staff or environment safety concerns. This system identifies opportunities to advance patient safety and satisfaction.
Throughout March, patients and visitors will see posters and other materials around the hospital related to Patient Safety Awareness Week. Learn more about patient safety online at the National Patient Safety Foundation.
“I am proud of the work our staff does every day to make Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics leading providers of safe, high quality healthcare,” says Chief Quality Officer Teresa Fulton RN, MSN.
If you have questions on quality and safety at Whidbey General, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.