This week we’re celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual educational campaign to raise awareness for healthcare safety organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). The week-long campaign works to distribute educational resources to healthcare professionals and their patients as a way to raise community awareness of the issue.

This year the theme is “United in Safety,” communicating that each person involved in healthcare has a responsibility to help ensure safe treatment and engage with patients and their families. NPSF wants to strengthen the relationships between not just doctors and their patients, but among nurses, executives, family advocates and all those who provide care.

The foundation has a variety of ways to get involved the week of March 8th through the 14th:

  • Participate in the Patient Awareness Twitter Chat on March 11 at 8:30 pm. Join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #PSAWunited or following @theNPSF.
  • Join the Patient Safety Awareness Week Webcast for Patients and Families as Partners on March 12.
  • Screen the educational video Ask Me 3 for your staff and patients.
  • Host a patient safety fair using materials provided by the NPSF. Informational and promotional materials are both available for purchase on the NPSF website.
  • Join the Stand Up for Patient Safety Program and receive a free toolkit to use during Patient Safety Awareness Week.