It's Patient Safety Awareness Week!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

At NCPS, we believe every week should be Patient Safety Awareness Week. To highlight health care safety and inspire action to advance the safety of health care delivery the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) have designated March 10 – 16 as Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Why is it important to raise awareness about and improve patient safety? The answer is simple: Not enough progress has been made since the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report To Err is Human. While there has been improvement in certain areas, such as some hospital acquired conditions, the healthcare system overall does not operate with a high degree of reliability.1 According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), approximately 1 in 10 hospitalized patients develops an adverse event.Healthcare harm continues to occur at an unacceptable rate and in all settings of care.

To learn more about the current state of patient safety in the United States, access the full report Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err is Human from the National Patient Safety Foundation here:

Join the free NPSF webcast Advancing Patient Safety Beyond the Hospital, Wednesday, March 13 at 1:00 pm.  Register here:

Read about the ECRI 2019 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns. This Executive Brief discusses current patient safety challenges and includes resources and recommendations. Click here to read the brief.

Find additional information and resources about Patient Safety Awareness Week from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety foundation here:


1.       Berwick, D. M., Shojania, K. G., & Atchinson, B. K. (2015). Free from harm: Accelerating patient safety improvement fifteen years after To Err Is Human. Boston, MA National Patient Safety Foundation.

2.       Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (n.d.). Efforts to improve patient safety result in 1.3 million fewer patient harms. Retrieved March 12, 2019 from

 Locally, our partner in Nebraska, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN), works continuously to assist providers across the healthcare continuum improve quality and patient safety. GPQIN is hosting a series of events on April 8 & 9 in Norfolk, Nebraska focusing on Sepsis.  Registration information can be found by clicking the links in the following message:

Connecting the Dots: Antibiotics, Immunizations and Sepsis

April 8 & 9, 2019

Experts and champions of healthcare will discuss…

  • How are immunizations, antibiotic use and sepsis related?
  • How can an increased knowledge impact your organization’s practices?
  • How will a better understanding improve the lives of our patients and loved ones?

The goals of these events are to increase knowledge of the connection between antibiotics, immunizations and sepsis and to identify the healthcare provider’s role in educating and engaging the consumer to be an active participant in their healthcare journey. The focus is protecting health in the community, preserving antibiotic effectiveness and preventing infections leading to sepsis through immunizations, responsible antibiotic use and good health hygiene.

The Series of Events:

April 8, 2019 | Pre Hospital Identification and Management of Sepsis
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

April 9, 2019 | Education Conference for Healthcare Providers
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

April 9, 2019 | Community Town Hall Meeting
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

All events will take place at Northeast Community College; Lifelong Learning Center – Norfolk, Nebraska

For additional information about GPQIN and educational opportunities, go to: