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Patient Safety Awareness Week to Focus on Effective Communications

Monday, December 13, 2004   (0 Comments)
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Week of March 6-12 to Focus on Patient Safety: Ask, Listen and Learn

Dec 13, 2004 -- (McLean, VA)-The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has announced its theme for its 2005 Patient Safety Awareness Week. This year’s week, scheduled for March 6-12, 2005, will highlight effective communication as the patient safety tool of choice. The theme emphasizes the partnership between providers and patients in improving patient safety. The theme is as follows:

  • Focus on Patient Safety: Ask, Listen & Learn
  • Effective Communication: The Patient Safety Tool of Choice


  • Listen to your patients
  • Speak in simple terms
  • Encourage them to be a partner


  • Medical information is often difficult to understand
  • Ask questions until you understand what you need to do
  • Become a partner with your doctor to manage your health

Understanding builds partnerships and improves patient safety!

More than 170 Stand Up for Patient Safety member hospitals and health systems will lead the way by celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week. Hospitals, communities and organizations across the country will celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week by holding special activities for patients, families and healthcare providers.

“Patient Safety Awareness Week is a call to action to promote patient safety by highlighting the importance of asking questions, listening and learning in making healthcare decisions,” said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, NPSF Interim Executive Director and member of the Board. “We encourage providers and patients to build and strengthen these partnerships to improve patient safety.”


The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors by funding research and raising awareness with hospitals, healthcare systems, doctors, and nurses and the patients and families they serve. Having worked to make patient safety a national priority, the NPSF is working with the healthcare industry to find affordable ways through research and education to reduce medical errors and to improve the quality of the nation’s healthcare. The NPSF was founded in 1996 and incorporated in 1997 by the American Medical Association, CNA HealthPro, and 3M, with significant support from the Schering-Plough Corporation. For more information, visit

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