March 12–18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week.
There are numerous approaches that we can learn and deploy to help us keep our patients safe.
Effective measures include:
-Become well versed on issues that affect patient safety
-Learn how to prevent patient falls
-Marking and verifying the correct surgical site
-Not using unapproved medical abbreviations
-Obtaining a thorough medical history from the patient and include their family members if appropriate
-Communication and teamwork goes a long way in healthcare
-Think about becoming a "designated" patient advocate