Michigan Medicine unites for patient safety

March 13, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

At Michigan Medicine, patient safety is a top priority for all employees and trainees. In honor of this commitment, the organization will be celebrating National Patient Safety Week today through Saturday, March 18.

The week is sponsored nationwide by the National Patient Safety Foundation and aims to raise awareness of patient safety among health care professionals and the general public.

This year’s theme is “United for Patient Safety,” which emphasizes that everyone participating in the health care system — from clinical to administrative and support staff — has a role to play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.

Events will take place throughout C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital to celebrate patient safety:

  • Patient safety “greeters”: Members of the hospital leadership team will serve as “greeters” throughout the week. They will hand out stickers, temporary tattoos and other goodies at two entrances for employees, patients and families.
  • Safety huddles: At the 8:45 a.m. daily safety huddles, leaders from a variety of clinical and support services will share stories from faculty and staff that are related to patient safety.
  • “Bring a buddy” to safety huddles: Employees are encouraged to bring colleagues who don’t normally attend to the daily 3:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. safety huddles, where more goodies will be handed out.
  • Photo sharing: Snap a photo to show off how you “Unite for Patient Safety” and send it to Lindsay Krzyzaniak at lekrzyza@med.umich.edu. The photos will be shared on the C&W internal website throughout the week.

In all Michigan Medicine facilities, the week also serves as a perfect opportunity to emphasize hand hygiene and its role in protecting patients. Support your colleagues by reminding them if you see them forget to wash in or out of any patient room, and thanking someone if you get reminded.

If you want to learn more about National Patient Safety Week, click here and take a pledge to stand united in reducing harm in patient care.