AANA Supports Nationwide Effort to Increase Patient Safety

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2013
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Contact: Armentia Snyder


Park Ridge, Ill.–As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety and education, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is urging nurse anesthetists and other healthcare professionals to participate in this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, taking place March 3-9.
Patient Safety Awareness Week was established in 2002 by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in an effort to highlight the importance of employing safe practices within the healthcare community. This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365, brings awareness to the fact that patient safety is an issue that needs to be focused on every day, all year around. The week-long campaign also serves as a time to recognize the range of work being done by healthcare providers and administrators to improve healthcare safety worldwide.
“As Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), we pride ourselves on providing exceptional patient care by remaining with our patients throughout their entire procedure—monitoring  their vital signs, adjusting their anesthetic drugs, and ensuring their safety,” said Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, president of the 45,000-member AANA. “We strongly support and join the NPSF in its mission to continuously spread the word about patient safety seven days a week, 365 days a year. The AANA encourages CRNAs, as well as other healthcare providers, to engage colleagues, patients, and community members in educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety.”
The AANA is a longtime advocate of the NPSF, and in recent years both organizations have mutually supported each other’s patient safety initiatives. Additionally, the AANA works closely with other leading patient safety organizations such as the Council on Surgical & Perioperative Safety and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition.
NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can be part of the healthcare safety solution.
For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.
About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997—to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.