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Vidant Health recognizes National Patient Safety Week

March 05, 2012 by Beth Anne Atkins

Vidant Health recognizes National Patient Safety Week 
GREENVILLE – Vidant Health is encouraging patients to be more involved in their own health care in support of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10. 
The theme this year –“Be Aware for Safe Care” – highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of patient safety and to recognize the range of efforts being made to improve health safety in the United States and worldwide. 
The theme seeks to make patients, providers, and the public aware of the ways they can participate in these efforts and collaborate to improve patient safety. 
“From the bedside to the board room, Vidant Health partners with patients and families to improve health and make care safer,” said Dr. Joan Wynn, chief, Vidant Health Corporate Quality. “Vidant Health patient and family advisors conduct safety rounds with leaders, serve on performance improvement teams, develop education materials, and share experiences of care with our Governing Body.” 
This campaign is aligned with the national Partnership for Patients, an initiative launched in April 2011 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. 
Although Partnership for Patients focuses on reducing all harm, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has identified 10 initial areas of focus: 
• Adverse drug events 
• Catheter-associated urinary tract infections 
• Central line-associated blood stream infections 
• Injuries from falls and immobility 
• Obstetrical adverse events 
• Pressure ulcers 
• Surgical site infections 
• Venous thromboembolism 
• Ventilator-associated pneumonia 
• Preventable readmissions 
Wynn described health care today as being more complex than ever. 
“It is critical that patients and families actively participate in care. Speak up, ask questions and be involved. Health care professionals and patients and families can partner together to improve care,” said Wynn. 
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