There are many ways for organizations and individuals to take part in Patient Safety Awareness Week.
Individuals: Take the Pledge
We encourage health care professionals and consumers to take a pledge to help reduce harm in health care. These pledges are meant to underscore the fact that there are actions each of us can take to improve care across the care continuum.
Organizations: Join the Initiative and Help Raise Awareness
Organizations that help support the activities of Patient Safety Awareness Week show their commitment to patient safety and serve as a model for their stakeholders and peers.
By joining the initiative, organizations have access to tools and resources needed to help promote their Patient Safety Awareness Week activities locally and virtually, engage their stakeholders, and highlight their commitment to patient safety.
Plan Your Week
Need ideas? Here are just a few suggestions to get you started. We'll be adding to this list as the Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019 approaches, so check back.
Download Themed Materials
IHI provides ready-to-use materials with the Patient Safety Awareness Week theme that you can use to signal your participation. Download materials.
Recognize Patient Safety Champions on Your Team
Identify and recognize team members who demonstrate the characteristics of a patient safety champion:
- Someone who is passionate about patient safety
- Someone who acts as a cheerleader for safety improvements
- Someone who demonstrates leadership for implementing patient safety initiatives
Get the Word Out
It is never too early to let people know about Patient Safety Awareness Week.
- Share a notice in your organization's newsletter or invite your CEO or Chief Quality and Safety Officer to write a message to the staff.
- Share some posts on social media. Use the hashtag #PSAW19 and tag @TheIHI.
- Get your team involved in planning an educational opportunity for patients.
Share Your Plans
We invite those observing Patient Safety Awareness Week to share their plans to inspire others or honor a loved one affected by preventable harm in health care. Share a message of what you'll be doing within your organization or community.