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Take Action during Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 14, 2023

Patient Safety Awareness Week, from March 12 through March 18, 2023, is intended to encourage everyone—consumers as well as health care providers—to learn more about health care safety. This annual event, organized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is designed to create awareness about patient safety and to empower consumers to take an active role in their health care.

During this week, IHI seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, and inspire action to improve the safety of the health care system—for patients and the workforce. IHI offers several no-cost webinars and activities for both consumers and health care professionals.

The Center for Patient Safety is joining IHI by offering no-cost Patient Safety Awareness Toolkits, flyers, posters, and social media tips designed to assist hospitals and health systems during Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Helping hospitals to increase awareness about patient safety is a priority for HAP. Preventing harm in health care settings is a public health concern. Everyone interacts with the health care system at some point in life, and everyone has a role to play in advancing safe health care.

HAP offers hospitals the voice of the patient and family through its Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). PFAC is comprised of patients, family members, hospital caregivers, and community leaders, and serves to assist Pennsylvania hospitals in patient-centric care efforts.

For additional information regarding patient safety and quality of care work, plus patient and family engagement (PFE), contact Janette Bisbee, HAP project manager.