ANMC celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week with education, interactive events

March 25, 2016

March 13-19 marked Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). This year, ANMC’s Quality Department worked to create awareness on campus by utilizing NPSF educational resources to educate hospital staff and patients. This year’s theme was “United for Patient Safety: Every Day is Patient Safety Day.” The focus of this campaign is highlighting and reinforcing that everyone within the health care system has a role to play in keeping patients safe. Patient engagement emphasizes the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families. ANMC’s main focus this year was educating staff on risk event reporting, patient fall preventions and patient safety coaches. As part of raising awareness for health care safety, in conjunction with our partner Southcentral Foundation, ANMC’s Quality Department planned several events across campus, which included staff rounding each day with Safety Sid the moose mascot and a member of ANMC’s executive leadership team; a roving coffee cart and snacks promoting patient safety awareness; and “Question of the Day” announcements on ANTHC’s employee Intranet site, iConnect. Staff also handed out mouse pads with information on how to report clinical risk events and pens with the Risk Reporting Hotline number. “Patient safety is the foundation of the care that we provide. From frontline staff to nurses and doctors and pharmacists, we are all united in the goal of keeping our patients and those who care for them safe,” said Lucinda Crow, Manager of Clinical Quality. Patient education was presented at the Patient Safety Awareness tables that were located by the main elevators on the first floor of the ANMC hospital. Information included: general patient safety; questions you should ask your provider; fall prevention safety; Traditional Food Guide and Healthy Activity Book for children; germ glow at the hand washing station; and medication safety.

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