Patient Safety Awareness Week, observed March 8-14, 2020, is an annual
recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about healthcare
safety. It is an opportunity for hospitals to share their work and resources
on patient safety, safety culture and patient engagement.
Saint John Hospital and Providence Medical Center are proud of their industry
acknowledgement for quality, safe care, as well as internal and external
track records for safety.
"When we talk about patient safety, we are talking about how hospitals
and healthcare organizations protect their patients from errors, injuries,
accidents, and infections," said Renee Janssen, RN, BSN, CPHRM, CPPS,
Director, Risk Management and Patient Safety. "Strong healthcare
teams reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes,
and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients,
An example of the hospitals' commitment to maintaining open communication
for patients’ safety is the bedside shift report, according to Janssen.
This actively involves the patient in discussion about their plan of care
for the shift, reinforces patient education, and promotes collaboration.
Patient engagement is an essential component of safe, appropriate, high
quality healthcare. Hourly rounding is also in place as a best practice
intervention to routinely meet patient care needs, ensure patient safety,
decrease the occurrence of patient preventable events, and proactively
address problems before they occur. The hospitals tie patient safety to
patient experience directly every time staff speak about hourly rounding,
bedside shift report, and other evidence-based clinical safety behaviors.
During Patient Safety Awareness Week – and every week – Saint
John Hospital and Providence Medical Center salute their team members
who work to constantly build on safety standards and keep an open door
to improving, so that we can continue striving to provide consistently
exceptional care for the communities served by the hospitals.