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Get Ideas for Recognizing the Week

People around the globe are planning to observe Patient Safety Awreness Week 2020 in creative ways. Here are just a few examples to inspire others:

United States


Elizabeth Brewer reports that Kootenai Health, based in Coeur D'Alene, plans to recognize all staff who have had a "Good Catch" recently with Swedish Fish and Goldfish prizes. The team is also hosting a viewing party for the IHI free Virtual Learning Hour and a screening of a patient safety documentary,and holdig a Safety Fair and poster contest. To promote the event, images of staff and quotes from staff and patients will be placed on cafe tables.


Tami Bayless reports that Deaconess Health System, based in Evansville, has a number of activities planned, including a bulletin board competition through which departments can show their "patient safety destination" (hand washing, fall reduction, etc.). They will also be giving "Speak Up" awards, chosen through peer nominations and awarded to staff who speak up to advocate and keep their patients' safe. A life-size cut-out of their patient safety mascot, Safety Sam, will convey patient safety messages throughout the week. The results of the competitions and the creative efforts will be shared at the organization's Safety Ambassador Committee meeting, Patient Safety Committee, Leadership Meeting, and on the hospital's internal webpage.


Linda Hightower of Community Medical Center in Missoula tells us that they have plans to do a safety display highlighting the five patient incident posters that are displayed on the organization's website. They'll be displayed with safety behaviors used in the institution and a list of Safety Champions for the past year. The team will also provide a suggestion box for ways to make our hospital safer, and have a room occupied by "Miss Mayhem," with a prize for a person who can identify all of the safety issues in the room. Staff will be able to sign a huge copy of a Pledge Poster as they enter the display, and then the poster will be moved from one department to another at intervals during the coming year as a reminder to staff about patient safety.

New Jersey

Augusta Agalaba from Centrastate Medical Center in Freehold reports that the organization will have banners displayed prominently at the main hospital entrances. There will be trivia activities testing staff knowledge of patient safety, with opportunities throughout the week to be entered into drawings for gift cards. We will end the week with complimentary ice cream treat for staff.



Zaruhi Bagiyan of Do Not Harm, a health care-related NGO based in Yerevan, reports that the organization is creating a series of videos about patient safety to be shared on their website and on social media.


In Kildare, Siobhan Enright reports that Rotunda Hospital, a stand-alone maternity hospital, plans to hold a series of initiatives aimed at staff and patients to promote patient safety. This includes a display of patient safety projects that have made a real impact on patient care, a patient information booth informing patients of what the hospital does to keep them safe and advising them of what they can do to help us to keep them safe. The finale will be short presentations from multidisciplinary staff comprising patient safety themes.

2019 Activities

In the United States


Lisa Kuprel of Maui Memorial Medical Center reported that the team there used storytelling in an interactive presentation to staff.


Tracy Fok reported that the medical staff at Scott Air Force Base held a patient safety poster contest during Patient Safety Awareness Week.


Teresa Robitaille told us that Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services brought a team together to watch and listen to the Patient Safety Awareness Week free webcast and also created word-search puzzles with health care quality and safety words and phrases.


Omar Yaghi of Tufts Medical Center and The Floating Hospital for Children noted that Patient Safety Awareness Week coincided with the Safety Culture Survey at his organization. Patients and staff members took the IHI PSAW pledge and signed a "Safety Starts With Me" poster, which was displayed in the hospital's main atrium.

The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety staff members offered information to increase patient safety awareness and encourage reporting of safety events as part of The "Quantros/Good Catch" initiative, and will hold educational sessions open for staff on process mapping and fishbone diagram.


Kay Scott of Residential Home Health and Hospice wwrote an article on safety for her organization’s website.


Lisa Juliar of the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) described her organizations belief that sharing stories and experiences helps all stakeholders understand the impact of preventable errors and unexpected experiences in the delivery of care. The organization invited its members to create a patient story gallery in their facilities using the innovative story boards MAPS co-created with five patient partners to illustrate their challenging health care journeys.

New York

Robin Moulder of Memorial Sloan Kettering reported that the Division of Quality & Safety presented "Patient Safety Lightning Rounds" during Patient Safety Awareness Week. This event is a fast-paced, interactive series of roundtable discussions led by subject matter experts on institutional safety initiatives. The event was open to all staff.


Kendra Wood of Southwest General in Middleburg Heights said that during Patient Safety Awareness Week her organization sent daily emails with safety tips.


Michael Neiman and the team at St. Christopher Hospital for Children scheduled for every day of the week, including hand-washing demonstrations that show what’s missed and activities to boost patient engagement.

Rhode Island

Heather Harris and the team at South County Health put a special focus on education about patient ID for the 2019 activities.


Rhonda Bowen and the team at Olympic Medical Center got staff together to listen in to the free IHI webcast. They alsooffered information in the cafeteria, via posters, and via emails to all staff highlighting PSAW and the hospitals safety intiatives.

They also released a special edition of their “Safety Minute — Guardians of Safety” video focused on Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Shanda Johnson reported that Seattle Children's Hospital had a full week of activities planned. On Monday, senior leaders thanked staff for their commitment to safety and handed out swag/stickers at the front entrances of our hospital. Tuesday brought Quality and Safety Poster Walkarounds (highlighting staff quality and safety improvement work) and a booth for patients and families to learn more about what patient safety means for them. On Wednesday the team held a screening of the documentary, "To Err is Human." Thursday was the annual Safety Coach/Safety Leader Celebratory Luncheon, and Friday offered a second screening of the documentary.

The organization will also feature personal statement posters and a large poster for folks to pledge their commitment to safety.

International Observations

Abu Dhabi

Ezhil Govindaraj of Mafarq Hospital reports that the teams there will be recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week by conducting a collage competition with the theme “Why Safety Matters to You.” They will also be holding a Quality and Patient Safety Symposium and offering quizzes and games for staff.


Larry Denning of US Naval Hospital Yokosuka reports that his team has myriad activities planned, including a “room of horrors” for staff to identify safety risks; an ice cream social where staff can ask and answer patient safety questions; and a “Good Catch” award ceremony for the night staff.


Mohammed Elfatih Alamin of Altababa Advanced Health Solutions reports that the organization is holding an event for all health care providers to learn about patient safety, best practices, high reliability practices, and examples of patient safety practices.


Dr. Lubna Mushtaque of Tabba Heart Institute Karachi writes that the organization is conducting a culture of safety survey during Patient Safety Awareness Week, as well as presenting a webinar and a presentation on patient feedback.

Saudi Arabia

Anas Amr of the Saudi Patient Safety Center reports that the center will be active on Twitter discussing patient safety initiatives, such as medication safety, reporting, measuring safety culture, patient empowerment, and innovation. Collaborating hospitals are asked to highlight national initiatives in patient safety.