Adirondack Health participates in National Patient Safety Awareness Week
Last year’s Peak of Excellence Award winners at Adirondack Health included Alissa Harse, Pharmacist; Dave Mader, RN; and Linda McClarigan, Chief Nursing Officer. This year, a new round of patient safety initiatives have been submitted for review as part of National Patient Safety Week activities at Adirondack Health.
'Together We Can:' Patient safety achieved through teamwork
SARANAC LAKE – At Adirondack Health, patient safety is always a top priority. From March 13 – 19, that priority will be in the spotlight as Adirondack Health participates in National Patient Safety Awareness Week. A full slate of activities for employees and patients provides an opportunity during this special week to increase awareness about patient safety among both health professionals and the public.
National Patient Safety Awareness Week, an initiative lead by the National Patient Safety Foundation, engages both healthcare professionals and patients in spreading the important message of patient safety. The theme of the 2016 National Patient Safety Awareness Week is “Together We Can,” a reminder that teamwork is the best way to ensure the safety of every patient.
Our greatest moments are a result of teamwork, and every person in every department is vital to Adirondack Health’s success. To demonstrate this, every department has created a poster describing how they contribute to patient safety at Adirondack Health. Posters will be placed on or near department doors during patient safety week so staff and patients walking by can take a moment to read and learn more.
A number of events are also planned for the week to further educate staff on important patient safety procedures. Interactive demonstrations on proper exam room and lab specimen procedures will provide a helpful refresher for employees and a scavenger hunt will run throughout the week with clues hidden in each department’s patient safety poster.
To stress the importance of patient safety for everyone, The National Patient Safety Awareness Foundation is encouraging healthcare leaders and administrators nation-wide to wear patient gowns on Thursday, March 17, representing that we are all patients. A National Patient Safety Foundation Webinar, “Patient Safety as a Public Health Issue” will also take place on Thursday to review what is being done on a national level to reduce patient harm.
On Wednesday, March 16, Adirondack Health will choose this year’s Peak of Excellence winner. The Peak of Excellence award recognizes one of the many quality improvement measures created and implemented the previous year. All applicants will be presenting their quality initiatives throughout the day in a reception for Adirondack Health staff.
Employees, patients and visitors of Adirondack Health are encouraged to complete the sentence “United We Can ___,” with what their top safety priority is. This provides important feedback as to what staff and the public consider to be their top safety priorities. Three answers will be chosen and used as guidelines for future patient safety initiatives at Adirondack Health. To submit your response, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “United We Can” as the subject line and your response in the body.
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