Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about preventable harm in health care. As part of NPSF’s campaign they issued a Call to Action, citing patient safety as a public health crisis that requires a public health response.
Most people know that heart disease and cancer cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Knowing the scope of a problem is a first step in being able to formulate solutions.
Less well known is the toll taken by preventable harm that can occur during the course of a health care encounter. By some estimates, hundreds of thousands of patients die each year as a result of healthcare-associated infections, medication errors, or other adverse events that occur in health care settings. Many more experience lasting harm or diminished quality of life.
Read full National Patient Safety Foundtaion blog article here: https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/the-national-patient-safety-foundation-npsf-leads-patient-safety-awareness-week-march-12-18/