Patient Safety Awareness Week Tips

The Center has compiled this list of resources and tools to support your patient safety efforts. Have something to add to the list? Let us know! Email Aimee Terrell with your recommendation and link.

Tip 1 – Check out the Certification for Professionals in Patient Safety (CPPS) from the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) More

Tip 2 – Attend the Patient Safety Forum on March 14, 2018 More

Tip 3 – Learn more about the AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery Centers More

Tip 4 – Revitalize Just Culture, or start a new program More

Tip 5 – Review recent patient safety alerts and mitigate future occurrences More

Tip 6 – Launch a new safety awareness effort “good catch” program, a new CUSP Team More

Tip 7 – Schedule a patient safety culture survey at your organization More

Tip 8 – Consider signing up with a PSO to improve patient safety More

Tip 9 – Sign up to receive updates from CPS on patient safety news, alerts, and more More

Tip 10 – Publish safety-focused articles for your organization’s internal newsletter, professional newsletters, local newspapers, local consumer groups

Tip 11 – Bring all provider types into the Patient Safety discussion.  Include pharmacists, long-term care, EMS, physicians, etc.

Tip 12 – Visit the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for patient safety resources

Tip 13 – Contact a local radio station to host a spokesperson to share patient safety tips and highlights

Tip 14 – Visit the American Hospital Association – Patient Safety Resources and Tools

Tip 15 – Visit the American Society of Health System Pharmacists for Patient Safety Resources

Tip 16 – Download the Center’s Patient Safety Awareness Week Toolkit.  Post reminders throughout your organization about the importance of, and focus on, safe care!

Tip 17 – Check out the pharmacy patient safety resources at Missouri Board of Pharmacy More

Tip 18 – Check out the Safe Surgery 2015 Toolkit from AHRQ More

Tip 19 – Host an event or several events to recognize patient safety efforts at your organization

Tip 20 – Check out quality improvement, patient safety and efficiency in outpatient practices (for physicians) More

Tip 21 – Recognize staff and committees that work every day to provide safe care

Tip 22 – Check out LTC patient safety resources at AHRQ More

Tip 23 – Have leadership, patient safety/risk/quality department and/or safety committees host events in the cafeteria with snacks or dessert or something special to celebrate safety at your organization

Tip 24 – Check out EMS medication safety tips from JEMS More

Tip 25 – Hold safety-focused training during Patient Safety Awareness Week

Tip 26 – Check out important resources to improve patient safety from Health Literacy More


If you have questions about the Toolkit or Patient Safety Awareness Week, please contact the Center for Patient Safety:  [email protected] | 573.636.1014


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