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Patient Safety Awareness Week

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Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 8–14, 2015
March 13–19, 2016

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Patient Safety Awareness Week

Ask Me 3 Video

Ask Me 3 is a health literacy program
designed to promote communication between
health care providers and patients.

March 2-8, 2014

Thank you to everyone who took part in Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014. The week may have ended, but the work and knowledge sharing goes on.

If you missed the complimentary webinar series on Preventing Diagnostic Errors, you can still view the slides and download the audio of the presentations. Visit the webinar page. 

Download information for patients, clinicians, and health systems about preventing diagnostic error.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by NPSF. Each year, health care organizations internationally take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources among hospital staff and patients.

The theme for 2014 is “Navigate Your Health…Safely.” A patient’s health journey often starts with diagnosis, but experts estimate that up to one in every 10 diagnoses is wrong, delayed, or missed completely and that, collectively, diagnostic errors may account for 40,000-80,000 deaths per year in the US. For Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014, NPSF teamed up with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) to develop and disseminate educational materials for clinicians, health systems, and patients and consumers specifically related to better understanding and prevention of diagnostic errors. Click here for links and resources to download.

We also shared patient stories of missed diagnosis and blog posts by patient advocates affiliated with the Partnership for Patients Patient and Family Engagement Network.

Tell us what you did to observe Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014. Send messages and photos to [email protected] Or visit our Facebook Event page and report your activities there.

Diagnostic Error Webinar Series

A series of three complimentary webcasts on Diagnostic Error is being presented in collaboration with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and with generous sponsorship of the Cautious Patient Foundation. Read more about the speakers, topics, and how to register.

Review the Universal Patient Compact

Review the compact with your team and patients, and ask some of them to take our survey.

Watch and Share the Ask Me 3® Video with Patients


Have questions? Check the Patient Safety Awareness Week FAQs