As I noted in yesterday's blog, National Patient Safety Awareness Week is now underway, and there's a whole lot going on in nearly every corner of the health care field. One group that's got an especially robust agenda is the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, an AHA personal membership group.

 

Take a look:

  • ASHRM is providing patient safety tips throughout the week aligned with the Hospital Engagement Network initiative that's part of HHS' Partnership for Patients. The HEN initiative is intended to help hospitals adopt practices that could reduce the incidence of patient harm by as much as 40 percent and cut readmissions by 20 percent.
  • In collaboration with National Patient Safety Awareness Week, ASHRM has launched its Patient Safety Portal that includes links to valuable tools and resources health care professionals can use all year. ASHRM will update the content throughout the year and beyond.
  • You and your colleagues can test your patient safety skills with an interactive quiz developed by the society.
  • Tomorrow's webinar, "Getting to Zero: Eliminating Preventable Serious Safety Events," is already booked solid, but a recorded version will be available starting Monday. It's free for ASHRM members and $69 for others.
  • ASHRM also offers a Patient Safety Curriculum Certificate Program to help health care risk managers and patient safety professionals understand and apply their skills and knowledge to improve care and outcomes.

Of course, ASHRM's efforts to promote patient safety extend beyond this week's events. To learn more, visit the ASHRM website.

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