MEDITECH's Top 5 Action Items for Patient Safety Awareness Week
Join us in taking action and contributing to safer care, everywhere the patient goes, during Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019.
As healthcare moves outside of traditional acute care settings, patient safety initiatives must follow suit. But what does it mean to keep patients safer in their physician’s office, skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health clinics, or at home? Especially when patients are moving constantly between different providers and settings during the span of their lives?
For Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019, we invite everyone to join us in taking action and contributing to safer care, everywhere the patient goes. Here’s a few ways you can get started:
Join the movement. Sign the pledge and join hundreds of healthcare professionals and consumers in showing your commitment to safer healthcare practices.
Take advantage of educational opportunities. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is offering a free webinar, “Advancing Patient Safety Beyond the Hospital,” on March 13 at 2 p.m. (EST). You can learn about the state of ambulatory patient safety in the U.S., as well as the importance of culture, clinical teamwork, and consumer engagement in making meaningful improvements.
Network on social media. IHI and The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine are sponsoring a Twitter Chat at noon on March 14. The discussion will focus on tactics, tools, and methods for improving diagnoses in the ambulatory setting. Use the hashtag #PSAW19 to participate.
Learn from your peers. Sharing experiences with other safety-centric organizations like CalvertHealth, War Memorial Hospital, Med Center Health, and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences will help improve care for all patients across the continuum. This is especially important as more providers collaborate on common challenges such as the opioid crisis, reducing sepsis mortality, and avoiding care gaps through interoperable data exchange.
Talk to your EHR vendor. Electronic Health Records should help improve safety, not hinder it. Find out what resources your IT partner offers, such as toolkits to help you manage fall risk patients, improve outcomes for diabetes patients, or prevent CAUTI.