Patient Safety Awareness Month

March 2-8, 2014 is Patient Safety Awareness Week

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The Center for Patient Safety is joining Patient Safety Awareness Week this March to acknowledge:

“Safe Care is Our Focus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year”

In recognizing the year-round efforts to improve safe care, the Center is raising awareness by providing tools and resources for healthcare providers and consumers for Patient Safety Awareness Week!  This is how…..

  • Patient Safety Awareness Week Toolkit – a downloadable, customizable  resource for healthcare organizations to raise awareness about patient safety efforts – banners, posters, tent cards, buttons – and tips to help you get started!  VIEW and DOWNLOAD
  • Consumer Tips for Safe Care – highlighting consumer guidance and resources
  • Eighth Annual Patient Safety Conference, Safe Care: Our Focus 24/7/365, on March 21 in St. Louis. In-person and live streaming options available!  For more information or to register, visit

Reminders to Keep Patients Safe

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The Center for Patient Safety believes the focus on patient safety is more than the month of March – rather it’s every hour, every day, all year long!  We share ASHRM’s five quick reminders to help keep patients safe:  wash hands, avoid fatigue, ensure good hand-offs, don’t tolerate inappropriate behavior, and involve patients/families in their care.  Also download their 10 Tips to Promote Patient Safety.

Center Recognizes Two Missouri Hospitals

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Two Missouri hospitals have been recognized by the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) with the fifth annual “Excellence in Safe Care Award”.

Becky Miller, Executive Director at the Center for Patient Safety, announced Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO and Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, MO are being honored for their outstanding efforts to make a measurable difference in patient safety.  Read the full press release.

“Safety in healthcare is the Center’s focus and we strive to provide a platform to share safety success stories both here in Missouri and across the United States,” said Miller. “Therefore, we are pleased to showcase these two organizations and their successes that join ten other organizations and initiatives recognized by the Center in previous years.”

The Truman Medical Center project focused on reducing the use of behavioral restraints. Hospital staff reduced behavioral restraint use by 46% over the course of one year, showing evidence that interventions are successful and provide better care for patients.

The Ozarks Medical Center project focused on the role of bedside staff in reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The medical center has been using Comprehensive Unit based Safety Program (CUSP) teams to improve the culture of safety in their facility since early 2010 through their participation in numerous CPS projects. For this project, the CUSP teams reduced Ozark’s infection rate to zero, and decreased the use of urinary catheters by 22.8%.

The “Excellence in Safe Care” awards this year recognize a few of the many health care provider projects that increase patient safety in Missouri facilities. Honorees are selected by a panel of independent healthcare industry experts assembled by CPS.  Truman Medical Center and Ozarks Medical Center will receive their awards and share their successful practices on March 28, as part of Patient Safety Awareness Month celebrations.

Virtual Conference Brings National Speakers to Organizations

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March 2013 is Patient Safety Awareness Month! It’s an exciting time to celebrate and recognize the efforts at your organization.  What better way to complement your focus than by bringing national speakers to your organization?  Any and all of the following sessions are available for presentation within your organization for one low registration fee (discount available for all sessions, one registration offers one line access to unlimited viewers for use within, for example, a conference or assembly room), include continuing education* hours for all participants, live Q&A with the speakers, and an available recording after the session to continue the sharing!  Click on any of the following sessions to learn more:

March 5, 2013 @ 2pm CST – Dr. Bob Wachter presents “Healthcare Safety in 2013: How the lessons of the past inform the future”Sharing the principles of safe care, as highlighted in his book series, Understanding Patient Safety.

March 14, 2013 @ 12pm CST – Christopher Jerry presents “The Emily Jerry Story”Sharing a poignant personal story about a tragic, preventable medication error that resulted in the loss of Chris’s daughter and significantly impacted the pharmacist involved in the mistake. The session will focus on how the tragedy and collaboration between family and professionals is positively improving medication safety.

March 20th, 2013 @ 12pm CST – Sue Scott and Laura Hirschinger present “The 2nd Victims Program: Taking Care of Our Own – An Executive Primer“…Sharing the leadership imperative to support programs to help clinicians who are impacted by unexpected clinical events.

March 27th, 2013 @ 12pm CST – James Conway presents “The More Things Change… the More They Stay the Same“…Sharing the role of governance, management, and front-line staff in providing safe care.

March 28th, 2013 @ 12pm CST – Becky Miller and the Center Team present “Continuing the Journey, Recognizing Successes“…Sharing in the success – includes Missouri Excellence in Safe Care Award winners and virtual poster sessions.

*This program has been approved for a total of 7.5 contact hours of continuing education credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of Fellow (FASHRM) and Distinguished Fellow (DFASHRM) and towards Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) renewal.

*This program has been approved for a total of 7.5 continuing education hours for CPHQ recertification by the National Association of Healthcare Quality.

*Approved by the Missouri Board of Pharmacy for 7.5 hours of pharmacist continuing education.

March 2013 is Patient Safety Awareness Month!

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Consider these tips to maintain awareness for safe care 7/24/365!

Tip 1 – Check out resources available at

Tip 2 – Register for one, two, or all of the Center’s interactive Webinar sessions throughout March!

Tip 3 – Register to download the Center’s Patient Safety Awareness Month Toolkit and post reminders throughout your facility about the importance of, and focus on, safe care!

Tip 4 – Schedule open sessions for your colleagues to join you for the Webinars – have a celebration of your safety successes, have a safety committee meeting or other meeting during the Webinar time, offer a “brown bag” luncheon, etc.

Tip 5 – Use recordings provided from the Webinars for ongoing learning with others at your facility that were unable to participate with you to celebrate safe care!  (Recordings will be made available to those registered for the session(s).)

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.

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Hospitals Can Offer AHRQ’s Free “Taking Care of Myself” Brochure to Patients Being Discharged

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In support of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4–10), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers a bilingual guide that can help hospitals reduce their readmission rates by better preparing patients for self-care and follow-up appointments before they leave the hospital. The guide—Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital/Cómo cuidarme: Guía para cuando salga del hospital—is available as a printed document or fillable PDF that clinicians can complete in the hospital and share with patients before they leave. The guide is adapted from Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), which was funded by AHRQ and developed by Brian Jack, M.D., and colleagues at Boston University Medical Center. For a copy of the guide in English, go to: or in Spanish, visit:

To order print copies, email your request to or call 800–358–9295.

For the brochure in English, please reference AHRQ No. 10-0059 with your request, or for the brochure in Spanish, please reference AHRQ Pub. No. 10-0059-C.


Patient Safety Awareness Week – March 4-10, 2012

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MOCPS is proud to support NPSF’s Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety taking place this week.

The theme for 2012 is Be Aware for Safe Care, reflecting the need to involve everyone–from patients to providers–in ensuring the safety of our health care process.

Each year, health care organizations take part in the event by to create awareness and promote resources for patient safety.

Below is a list of resources available during Patient Safety Awareness Week developed and made available by several national organizations:

  • The National Patient Safety Foundation, sponsor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, including a press release, tools and resources and a video
  • ASHRM “Getting to Zero ™: Eliminating Preventable Serious Safety Events” – An interactive patient Safety Quiz  - and a Patient Safety Quick Tips Checklist
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – “Questions Are the Answer” a public education initiative providing resources encouraging patients and their clinicians to engage in effective communication to ensure safer care and better health outcomes.  Resources include a series of videos, “Be More Involved in Your Health Care:  Tips for Patients” brochure; a “notepad” to help patients prioritize their top three questions to ask during an appointment; and an interaction “Question Builder” to help patients create, prioritize and print a personalized list of questions for their health care provider.  Go to

Additionally, be on the look-out for information about the MOCPS-sponsored annual Missouri Patient Safety Awareness Month in April as we continue our efforts to promote learning about and prevention of medical mistakes locally, regionally and statewide in Missouri!

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