As part of ASPPS Member Appreciation Month this August, we asked the ASPPS community to tell us what patient safety means to them. Thanks to everyone who participated!
We received many great responses and chose a few that resonated with us to share with you.
What does patient safety mean to you?
“Patient Safety means that every patient who comes to our organization is given care that surpasses their expectations and is given in a way that prevents avoidable harm to them. It means that the processes that our staff and providers are following are modeled after best practices and are evidenced-based and that our staff feels safe to speak up and report issues that are occurring to prevent further issues. Patient safety is about being mindful of an expectation that mistakes can happen and consistently looking to prevent them. Patient safety is about putting our patients first! Patient safety means that I am doing what can be done to provide the right care at the right time, every time.”
—Sandy Dimas, Accreditation & Patient Safety Manager
Keck Medical Center of USC, California
“Patient safety means doing the right thing for the right reason when no one else is looking!”
—Diane Schloeder, BSN, director
Scripps Mercy Hospital, California
“I am a public health professor who loves to awaken the next generation of patient safety champions through my courses. Our students take a long, hard look at the patient safety movement over the last two decades, study improvement successes, and consider the challenges ahead. And then we commit to making personal and professional efforts to advance patient safety through safety culture, leadership, technology, staff training, and patient education. Patient safety and quality professionals can support providers and institutions in efforts to achieve greater transparency. We also have the equally important role of engaging and educating consumers about patient safety. There can be no competing over patient safety. For when one of us, whether patient, family, professional, or institution, loses, we all lose. The solutions lie in our open and honest discoveries and shared goals of safe care, patient engagement, and meaningful work.”
—Judy Tupper, DHed, CHES, CPPS
Managing Director, Population Health & Health Policy
Muskie School of Public Service, Maine
“Patient safety is the building block to creating the vision of a highly reliably community, free from harm
in which everyone is physically and emotionally healthy.”
—Bryan Buckley, MPH, Project Manager, Performance Improvement
MHA Keystone Center, Michigan
“Patient safety means commitment of leadership in developing a just culture in the organization. Leadership should take all steps to reach to zero harm. Leaders should develop ways to achieve happiness and trust among all staff. Happy staff will work more efficiently and create a healthy environment which more safe. This is the reason that our government is the first in the world that have appointed a Minister of Happiness. I believe that all leaders' vision and strategies should start and end with safety and quality.”
—Sharifa Alamadi, Deputy Director
Al Baraha Hospital, Dubai
"Patient Safety means to heal not to harm."
Patient Safety Specialist, Security Forces Hospital Program Makkah
We’d like to keep the conversation going beyond Member Appreciation Month, so we invite you to add a comment to tell us what patient safety means to you or share what you think about these responses.
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