(information given from United Patients for Safety)
“Join us in celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week and help us spread the message that #WeAreAllPatients.
Patient Safety Awareness Week Day 1
It’s the first day of Patient Safety Awareness Week! We have lots of opportunities for you to engage with us this week, and we hope you’ll join us in the celebration by taking our polls, sharing your plans, and spreading the word.
Day 1 poll question: In the spirit of recognizing that #WeAreAllPatients — did you know that health care providers should use at least two unique forms of identification, such as name and date of birth, to confirm they have the right patient and treatment? Go here to participate in today’s poll.
Fact: One of the primary responsibilities of health care workers is to check the identity of patients and match the correct patients with the correct care (e.g., laboratory results, specimens, procedures) before that care is administered.
Action you can take: Thank your health care providers for asking. And if they don’t ask, speak up.
Resources to learn more: Download tips for patients from the NPSF report Safety Is Personal.Read a summary by the World Health Organization of the need for proper patient identification and suggested actions to ensure it.”