It’s time to recognize Michigan hospital’s commitment to patient safety

MHA patient safety weekSponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), National Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to recognize Michigan hospitals’ commitment to patient safety and to educate staff, patients and the community on the efforts to save lives and enhance the care all patients receive. In collaboration with the MHA Keystone Center, Michigan hospitals have reduced and avoided pressure ulcers, various types of infections, readmissions, high-risk deliveries and more, which has saved numerous lives and more than $116 million in healthcare costs in one year alone. However, more work needs to be done. This year’s theme, Navigate Your Health…Safely, highlights the need for healthcare providers to ensure that patients and consumers are actively engaged in the healthcare process.

Patients and their families are an integral part of the healthcare team and must be actively engaged in the healthcare process. Patients are encouraged to review the MHA Keystone Center brochure for tips on becoming an informed patient and what to do before, during and after a healthcare visit. In addition, the NPSF’s Ask Me 3 video explains three questions patients and family members should ask their doctor to ensure high-quality, safe care. To learn more about Michigan hospitals efforts to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare, visit the 2013 MHA Patient Safety and Quality Annual Report.

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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