March 10-16 is Patient Safety Awareness Week

This annual campaign is designed to increase patient safety awareness and recognize the work being done to keep patients safe.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual event intended to encourage people to learn more about healthcare safety. UHS is proud to participate, as all our employees have a role in keeping patients safe and free from harm.

Significant progress has been made nationwide to improve patient safety, but we still have a long way to go. According to The Leapfrog Group, as many as 440,000 people die each year in the U.S. from hospital errors, infections, injuries and accidents. That's more than 1,000 people every day. And one out of every 25 patients develops an infection while in the hospital.

Nurse with patient in wheelchairDuring Patient Safety Awareness Week, we are celebrating the progress we've made thus far and building enthusiasm for our 2019 Patient Safety Priorities:

  • Surgical/Procedural Safety
  • Obstetrical Safety
  • Infection Prevention
  • Safe Care Environment
  • Safe Medication Use
  • Reduce/Eliminate Patient Falls

We especially recognize our caregivers at all our UHS facilities who work hard to ensure patient safety is our priority, every patient, every time. As a result of this dedication, 11 of our acute care hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, a designation recognizing our hospitals’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

"Although we are using this week in March to celebrate our patient safety achievements and increase awareness, safe care is our focus every day," says Paul Stefanacci, MD, FACS, MBA, Vice President of Quality and Chief Medical Officer at UHS. "To this end, we are actively working to build higher levels of safety into healthcare delivery through the use of evidence-based care standards and enhanced technology solutions."

Learn more about Patient Safety Awareness Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement >