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7th MDG raises awareness of patient safety

Posted 2/21/2013   Updated 2/21/2013 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Julie Dallmann
7th Medical Group

2/21/2013 - 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 will participate in the 2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Patient Safety 7/365.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event by displaying the campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations.

Patient Safety Awareness Week takes place March 3-9, 2013. This year's theme, Patient Safety 7/365, highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of focusing on patient safety all year round. The seven days of the campaign also serve as time to recognize the range of work being done to improve health care safety worldwide.

The 7th MDG will engage staff, patients and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety.

"Patient Safety 7/365 reminds us that providing safe patient care requires a constant and valiant effort, 365 days a year," said Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, president, NPSF. "This week encourages a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between health care organizations, providers, and consumers, regardless of their current state of health."

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

Interactive and educational booths will be set up March 4-8, 2013 in the medical group. Julie Dallmann, 7th MDG, Patient Safety Manager, encourages all staff and patients to report any actual or near miss patient safety event. Some examples of patient safety concerns are receiving the wrong medications, erroneous patient identification, health care acquired infections and mistakes in surgery.

"I am here to thoroughly investigate any potential or actual patient safety events, get to the root of the problem and put corrective actions in place to prevent further occurrences," Dallmann said.

For more information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, log on to www.npsf.org. or call Mrs. Dallmann at (325) 696-3543 or e-mail julie.dallmann@dyess.af.mil.

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