April is Missouri Patient Safety Awareness Month

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April is Missouri Patient Safety Awareness Month, sponsored by the Missouri Center for Patient Safety (MOCPS) to maintain a focus on the importance of error prevention in health care. In recognition of health care professionals’ efforts to provide safe care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the MOCPS has developed provider and consumer resources to promote awareness of the importance of patient safety

Jefferson City, Missouri (PRWEB) April 02, 2012

Jefferson City, Missouri – April 2, 2012 — April is Patient Safety Awareness Month (PSAM) in Missouri and the Missouri Center for Patient Safety (MOCPS), is recognizing the importance of safe health care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, by making available resources on safe care for consumers, and a Safety Promotion Toolkit for healthcare providers and professionals to promote their continuous focus on safe care. http://www.centerforpatientsafety.org/april-2012-missouri-patient-safety-awareness-month

As a regional patient safety center, the MOCPS is committed to continuing its efforts, in collaboration with health care providers, regulators and consumers, to improve health care safety and eliminate unintended patient harm.

Throughout the year, MOCPS leads programs to assist health care providers in improving the safety of health care delivery. Programs include the Center’s efforts as a federally designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) to collect and analyze medical error data and identify prevention strategies and facilitation of statewide initiatives such as its successful “Just Culture” work, Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), and clinical projects that bring providers together to improve teamwork, communication and clinical care in high risk, high harm areas, such as reducing health care acquired infections. http://www.centerforpatientsafety.org/april-2012-missouri-patient-safety-awareness-month

In recognition of PSAM, the MOCPS has compiled Key Tips and Resources to improve safe care for both providers and consumers, and developed a downloadable, customizable Safety Promotion Toolkit.

Consumer and provider resources and tips from national organizations and the MOCPS include videos, tools for consumers to learn more about the safety of healthcare, keep track of their own health care needs and improve communication with their health care providers.

Additionally, the Safety Promotion Toolkit is designed to help health care providers share the importance of safe care every day. The toolkit contains the following materials encouraging the public to “Ask Us How We Improve Patient Safety Everyday – 24/7/365” that can be customized for each organization.

• A banner for public display outside or inside a facility

• Tent cards for use in public areas and patient rooms

• Posters to display in public and staff areas

• Resources to engage staff

More About MOCPS – The Missouri Center for Patient Safety was founded by the Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri State Medical Association and Primaris as a private, nonprofit corporation to serve as a leader to fulfill its vision of a health care environment safe for all patients, in all processes, all the time.

Becky Miller |MOCPS | 573.636.1014 | Email

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