Patient Safety Awareness Week: It’s incumbent on all of us to work toward safer healthcare

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. And as healthcare providers around the globe work to contain the coronavirus, it seems particularly important this year.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is recognized and promoted by some important organizations in healthcare: the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The purpose of designating this week is to encourage everyone to learn more about healthcare safety in order to improve the safety within our industry for both patients and healthcare workers.

According to IHI, some studies indicate as many as 400,000 deaths in the United States each year are a result of errors or preventable harm. Not every case of harm is as dire, but these lapses in safety can have long-term impact on a patient’s physical health, emotional health, and financial well-being.

All of us at MedSpeed work to do our part every day. Patient Safety Awareness Week is a great reminder that it is incumbent on us all to reduce mistakes so that we can help improve healthcare safety.

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