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It's Patient Safety Awareness Week

Posted By Admin, Sunday, March 8, 2015
Updated: Saturday, March 7, 2015

The National Patient Safety Foundation is proud to lead hospitals and health care organizations around the world in demonstrating their commitment to safer health care during Patient Safety Awareness Week.

This year’s theme is United in Safety, and our focus is on patient and family engagement. We will be emphasizing the importance of the relationship between clinicians and patients and their families. Enhanced communication begins with an informed and engaged patient and helps to lead to safer care.

We hope you will spend part of the week with us. See below for activities and ideas.

Wednesday, March 11, 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Join the Patient Safety Awareness Week Twitter Chat

@theNPSF will be hosting a special one-hour twitter chat to discuss barriers to patient and family engagement and how to overcome them. Use the hashtag #PSAWunited to participate.



Thursday, March 12 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET 

Complimentary Webcast
Patients and Families as Partners: United in Safety

Get the details or register at no charge.


Educational Resources

  • Use our Implementation Checklist for ideas on how to recognize the week with your patients and teams.
  • Download educational materials from NPSF and our partners.
  • Read the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute report Safety Is Personal: Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care or listen to the webcast replay and share it with a colleague
  • Watch and share our Ask Me 3 video with your staff and patients.
    Watch our series of Safety Tips videos.
  • Visit the Patient Safety Awareness Week Facebook Event Page and post your photos, videos, plans, or ideas. 
  • Share our social media posts or create your own messages using the event hashtag #PSAW2015 to let everyone know what you are up to for the week.

The National Patient Safety Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for Patient Safety Awareness Week 2015.

The following organizations have generously donated content for Patient Safety Awareness Week 2015: College of American Pathologists; Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care; Lown Institute; Maine Patient Safety Academy at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine; Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.


Thanks also to the MHA Keystone Center and The Joint Commission for their support.

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