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7th MDG joins nationwide effort to promote patient safety awareness

Posted 3/2/2012   Updated 3/2/2012 Email story   Print story


Commentary by 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Jovanovich
7th Medical Group

3/2/2012 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public the 7th Medical Group, announced today their participation in the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Be Aware for Safe Care.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, is an annual, National Patient Safety Foundation-led education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety. Each year, healthcare organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community and deploying NPSF educational resources to hospital staff.

This year's theme: "Be Aware for Safe Care" focuses on the need for everyone to understand the importance of patient safety and to recognize the range of efforts being made to improve health safety in the US and worldwide.

The 7th MDG will engage staff, patients and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety. The campaign seeks to make patients, providers, and the public aware of the ways they can participate in these efforts and partner to improve patient safety. While efforts of the past decade have brought improvements, recent studies indicate that much work remains to be done--and can be done most effectively through the involvement of all parties.

"Be Aware for Safe Care" emphasizes the fact that safety issues impact everyone.

"The more we work together to promote patient safety, the more we all benefit from a safe healthcare system," said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, president, NPSF.

The NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be part of the solution.

The Dyess Clinic will be offering several activities during the week, including patient safety displays throughout the clinic and the Base Exchange. March 9, we will have several "interactive" patient safety displays located throughout the Medical Group.

"Patient Safety concerns may include things like proper patient identification, medication errors, diagnostic errors, healthcare acquired infections, etc.," said Julie Dallmann, patient safety manager. "As the Patient Safety Manager, I am here to ensure these incidents are prevented or, if reported, that thorough investigations are conducted."
National Patient Safety Awareness week brings increased attention and education of patient safety for both staff and patients. If you have patient safety concerns or would like to report a patient safety event please contact me at (325) 696-3543.

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.

About the 7th Medical Group

The 7th Medical Group is committed to providing accessible, efficient, quality healthcare to America's greater military family, at home and around the globe.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 - to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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