Friday, March 1, 2013

Focus on patient safety awareness

What does a culture of safety look like? That’s the question that three MGH staff will discuss as part of a March 7 presentation recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week, which runs March 3 through 9. “What Does a Culture of Safety Look Like? Stories from the MGH Front Lines” will run from noon to 1 pm in the O’Keeffe Auditorium and is open to staff, patients and families.

“These stories come from leaders whose units have scored high in several dimensions of the 2012 safety culture survey. They are clearly strong role models for others,” says Lela Holden, RN, PhD, patient safety officer.

During “the week that lasts all year,” the MGH also will host its fourth annual Patient Safety Star Appreciation breakfast on March 6. “Safety Stars” exemplify the principle that all staff have the responsibility and opportunity to contribute to patient safety. Earlier this year, staff were invited to nominate a colleague who demonstrated particular excellence in patient safety and 51 MGHers will be honored for their dedication at the breakfast.

For more information about Patient Safety Awareness Week, call 617-726-8031.

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