Recognizing National Patient Safety Awareness Week

This week is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) are asking Michigan hospitals and patients to recognize the advancements that have been made in the patient safety arena, while acknowledging the challenges that remain — and committing to work on them every day.

For a decade, Michigan hospitals have voluntarily pioneered collaborative efforts that save lives and lower costs in partnership with the MHA Keystone Center. As a result, the state has become a benchmark in high-quality, safe care that is being replicated nationwide, as well as internationally. Patients, staff, lawmakers, media and the general public are encouraged to review the 2012 MHA Patient Safety & Quality Annual Report, and additional materials available on the MHA Keystone Center website to learn about the patient safety and quality improvement efforts underway in Michigan hospitals.

About National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by NPSF. Each year, health care organizations internationally take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources among hospital staff and patients.

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

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