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Get Ideas for Recognizing the Week

It's never too early to plan for Patient Safety Awareness Week. ​We heard from people around the globe who participated in 2019. Here are some ideas they’ve shared.

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.