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Want to Change the World? It Starts with One

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -- Margaret Mead

This week we are celebrating National Patient Safety Awareness Week, and ASHRM leaders remind us that one person can make all of the difference when it comes to patient safety. In fact, their motto is the “Power of One.” They say that achieving zero serious safety events takes all of us, but happens “one person, one leader, one organization at a time.”

We agree. Take some time to access some of the free materials available this week on the web:

  • AHC Media, publisher of Healthcare Risk Management -- and this blog -- has a free weekly ezine. Sign up here.
  • ASHRM has a multitude of information available on its web site including information that aligns with the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) initiative that is part of the HHS Partnership for Patients. The initiative’s goal is to help hospitals adopt practices that reduce inpatient harm by 40% and readmission by 20%. Such efforts are critically important information, considering that after Oct. 1, 2012, CMS will penalize hospitals with the most 30-day readmissions heart failure, pneumonia, and AMI. Other tools on the ASHRM web site include patient safety interactive quizzes and patient safety written materials.
  • ECRI Institute is providing content across the healthcare continuum this week on its Patient Safety Blog. See “links to related sources.”
  • AHRQ offers a Spanish-language medication tracking tool, “Su medicamento: Infórmese. Evite riesgos” (“Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe.”). The brochure includes a detachable, wallet-size card that patients can personalize to keep track of their medicines.
Has your hospital had a patient safety success you’d like to share? Post a comment on our blog. Who knows? You might end up getting featured in one of our publications or webinars. We believe patient safety information should be shared. It benefits your staff, benefits your organization, and most importantly, benefits your patients and their families. Now that’s worth celebrating.