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Feature Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019 around the DoD

A Patient Safety Awareness Week parking lot banner hangs at the main entrance of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia during the week of 10-16 March 2019, showing that “We All Play a Role in Healthcare Safety”. A Patient Safety Awareness Week parking lot banner hangs at the main entrance of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia during the week of 10-16 March 2019, showing that “We All Play a Role in Healthcare Safety”.

Military Treatment facilities worldwide agreed that “We All Play a Role in Healthcare Safety” in a variety of ways during Patient Safety Awareness Week.

This year, 10-16 March  marked the Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) across military training facilities worldwide! The purpose of this celebration was to highlight and further implement patient safety efforts and its champions that are in the field. Designating this week allows healthcare professionals and team members within the MHS to take a moment to reflect on patient safety specifically among its many objectives.

The “We All Play a Role in Healthcare Safety” theme pushes the envelope that every member of a healthcare organization has a responsibility and a stake in patient safety. However, patients are also members of this healthcare team through such initiatives as patient activation, which encourages them to take an active role in the healthcare. With all of these supporters combined, a united front can be presented to consistently sustain safe healthcare practices. Across the DoD, celebrations established the value of every level of the healthcare community bonding, ensuring the prevalence of patient safety as a priority. Here are the locations that participated in PSAW with their celebration description and pictures:

  • Reynolds Army Health Clinic provided patients with information on the “Ask Me 3” initiative and handed out patient safety giveaways to staff and patients. 
  • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conducted a patient safety education fair. In addition, they had a “Health Consumer Pledge” for patients and staff to sign. 
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conducted a patient safety education fair

 

  • Vance Air Force Base gave out a “near misses” goodie bag to symbolize the patient safety reporting event, handed out PSAW SWAG and a taco potluck. 
Vance Air Force Base gave out a “near misses” goodie bag to symbolize the patient safety reporting event

  • Altus Air Force Base celebrated with a potluck, T-shirts and a jeopardy game.
Altus Air Force Base celebrated with a potluck, T-shirts and a jeopardy game

Altus Air Force Base celebrated with a potluck, T-shirts and a jeopardy game


  • Moody Air Force Base showcased the week with decorations, a kickoff, patient safety information to patients and staff, a team competition, potluck and a pledge.  
Moody Air Force Base showcased the week with decorations, a kickoff, patient safety information to patients and staff, a team competition, potluck and a pledge

  • Goodfellow Air Force hosted a trivia game, posted decorations and had a patient safety display stand out for public view.
Goodfellow Air Force hosted a trivia game, posted decorations and had a patient safety display stand out for public view

  • Peterson Air Force held a trivia game, horror rooms set up to identify patient safety errors and display tables with patient education materials at two clinical locations.
Peterson Air Force held a trivia game, horror rooms set up to identify patient safety errors and display tables with patient education materials at two clinical locations

  • Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor honored the week with work free time for activity participation, games, interactive events, pizza, posters and patent safety nominations.
Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor honored the week with work free time for activity participation, games, interactive events, pizza, posters and patent safety nominations

  • Yokota Air Force Base wore hospital gowns to represent patients and conducted informational talks.
Yokota Air Force Base wore hospital gowns to represent patients and conducted informational talks.

  • Kunsan Air Force Base played a patient safety video, a jeopardy game, passed out and posted promotional materials. 
Kunsan Air Force Base played a patient safety video, a jeopardy game, passed out and posted promotional materials

  • Wiesbaden Dental Clinic distributed patient safety themed donuts, hosted a bingo and provided daily patient safety tips.
Wiesbaden Dental Clinic distributed patient safety themed donuts, hosted a bingo and provided daily patient safety tips

  • Offutt Air Force Base led a competition to see who could identify all of the errors made in an IM injection demonstration.  
  • Tinker Air Force Base served a patient safety themed cake, held a candy patient safety themed demonstration, wheel of fortune game, daily patient safety puzzles, erected a display table and challenged participants to a handwashing skills test. 
Tinker Air Force Base served a patient safety themed cake
Tinker Air Force Base served a patient safety themed cake, held a candy patient safety themed demonstration, wheel of fortune game, daily patient safety puzzles, erected a display table and challenged participants to a handwashing skills test

Tinker Air Force Base created a wheel of fortune game

The DoD Patient Safety Program also offered a variety of initiatives to show how “We All Play a Role in Healthcare Safety.” These included: 

  • “Daily tip e-mails” for patients and healthcare professionals
  • Facebook quiz challenges
  • A webinar series featuring patient safety leading practices across the services.

These were just a few of the ways that engagement and the learning of innovative patient safety practices was shown amongst patient safety professionals within the program. Recordings and copies of the presentations for the DoD webinars hosted during PSAW are available. Please email the DoD PSP Team for more information.

Additionally, the 2019 Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards Program launched during PSAW. There are four areas of discipline recognized by the awards program: patient engagement, healthcare quality, patient safety, and improved access. Examples of previous award-winning submissions are available on the DoD PSP website


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