IHI Celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the public is probably more aware of patient safety than ever before. Given that, the timing for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Patient Safety Awareness Week couldn’t be better.

Running from March 8-14, the week is planned as a way to encourage greater knowledge about healthcare safety.

“During this week, IHI seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, and inspire action to improve the safety of the health care system—for patients and the workforce,” according to the IHI. “Patient Safety Awareness Week serves as a dedicated time and platform for growing awareness about patient safety and recognizing the work already being done.”

As part of the week, the IHI is hosting a free virtual learning hour on Tuesday, March 10 from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern. Called Principles for Improving Patient Safety Measurement, the program will provide an overview of the challenges of patient safety measurement. It will also summarize the work done at the 2019 Salzburg Global Seminar and the Global Principles for Measuring Patient Safety. Register for the virtual learning hour here.

On Thursday, March 12 from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern, the IHI and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will host a Twitter chat that focuses on safety during care transitions.

Participating facilities can also download a print-ready poster, table tent, and stickers, as well as graphics to use on social media.