7 Things You Can Do for Patient Safety Awareness Week — March 11

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Chances are, you didn’t enter the medical industry just because you wanted a better parking space or a bigger paycheck. You joined the world of healthcare to make a difference, to save lives, and to change the world around you – one patient at a time.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, which runs from March 11-17, provides an awesome opportunity to do just that. To help you make the most of the big week, C.A. Short Company has put together the following resources, tools, and content you can use to participate in — and spread awareness about — the event.

We’ve even included a complimentary SlideShare that answers some of the most pressing questions we hear from healthcare organizations across the nation: What steps can we take to engage our team? How can we cut our medical errors in half? Is it possible to save more lives while boosting our profits?

But first, let’s take a look at a few other ideas.

Sign the official pledge

Show your commitment to the safety of your patients and team by signing the official Patient Safety Awareness Week pledge, which was created by the United for Patient Safety Campaign (UPSC). Thousands have already voiced their support, and there’s even a separate pledge your patients can make.  

Show your solidarity

If your healthcare organization allows it, the UPSC recommends having your nurses and physicians wear patient gowns to illustrate “we are all patients.” You can further raise awareness by sharing the photos on your personal and professional social media accounts.

Leverage social media

Social media is an incredibly effective tool to raise awareness, but sometimes it can be tricky. Luckily, the UPSC makes it easy. You can check out their Suggestions for Social Media page for sample posts you can use across Facebook and Twitter.

Share your campaign plans

Raise awareness about patient safety and show the world just how awesome your healthcare team is by posting photos and a description of your Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign on the UPSC site. You can even review the submissions of other healthcare organizations for additional ideas!  

Listen to these great podcasts

The Joint Commission does an excellent job with their podcast series, Take 5. Here are some of their best patient safety-themed episodes.  

Read Our Blog and Subscribe

To discover how employee engagement improves patient safety, visit our blog, “Employee Engagement Reduces Mortality Rates Significantly, Especially In Nursing.” If you’d like to stay up-to-date on the role employee engagement plays in healthcare, be sure to subscribe to our blog. You can do so by entering your email in the upper-right hand corner of this page.

Download and Share “Putting Patient Safety First: The Power of Employee Engagement” SlideShare

Download and review our complimentary SlideShare, Putting Patient Safety First: The Power of Employee Engagement. It’s packed with the most up-to-date data your healthcare organization needs to know now. Together, you and your team can learn:

  • How healthcare organizations have cut medical errors by 50%
  • The secret to improving patient care by as much as 95%
  • The next step your company can take to create a Culture of Engagement

No matter how you celebrate, make sure you put your team and patients first! If you do, you can’t go wrong. And, if you’d like more information about how you can engage your healthcare team beyond Patient Safety Awareness Week, please reach out. We’ve been in the employee engagement and recognition industry for more than 80 years, and we’d love to show you the difference C.A. Short Company can make for your company.

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C.A. Short Company partners with companies to manage, drive and facilitate increased employee engagement to increase financial performance, productivity, quality, and core performance outcomes. Our process and research-based platform enables executives and managers to engage their teams to increase the bottom line, motivate staff, and incentivize positive behavior. To Request a Complimentary Consultation, click here. 

Topics: Employee Engagement, Healthcare, Patient Satisfaction, Patient Engagement, Patient Safety

R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP | Director - Engagement Strategies

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R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP | Director - Engagement Strategies

R Scott Russell is a video host, public speaker, and a sought-after thought leader in the world of employee engagement and recognition. At C.A. Short Company, he is responsible for producing engaging content, helping clients maximize the effectiveness of their programs, and providing ongoing training and education.

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