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 2-8, 2014.
Patient Safety Awareness Week was established in 2002 by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in an effort to highlight the significance of employing safe practices within the healthcare community. This year’s theme, “Navigate Your Health… Safely,” speaks to the importance of healthcare providers and patients to take the necessary steps to prevent diagnostic errors. Each year within the U.S. health system, there are thousands of patient diagnoses that are wrong, delayed, or missed completely. This year’s campaign serves as a time to take measures that can help improve diagnosis in medicine and ultimately save lives.
“As Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), we pride ourselves in providing exceptional patient care and adhering to standards that include open communication between patients and healthcare providers,” said Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS, president of the 47,000-member AANA. “We strongly support and join the NPSF in its mission to continuously spread the word about patient safety. 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 overall message behind the theme “Navigate Your Health… Safely,” is to encourage patients to be active members of their healthcare team and ask important questions concerning their diagnoses.
In turn healthcare providers are expected to clearly convey information and encourage patient engagement. As part of the weeklong campaign, the NPSF has partnered with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine to create the Ask Me 3®, a health literacy program designed to promote communication between healthcare providers and patients through three simple questions: What is my main problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important for me to do this?
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.
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, inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.