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Here’s How We Roll: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017

Mar 13, 2017 | 4808 Views

By. Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE
Executive Vice President of Customer Relations
The Joint Commission

Happy Patient Safety Awareness Week! We hope you’re following the fun on Twitter and Facebook. I know our  employees are getting a kick out of taking selfies and promoting #UnitedforPatientSafety.

For us, Patient Safety Awareness Week isn’t something that just started March 12. We’ve been living this mission since 1951. The top knot may have replaced the bouffant and “Breaking Bad” has usurped “I Love Lucy,” but our core purpose is the same.

While our mission to promote patient safety hasn’t wavered from the early days, our deliverables have kept pace with issues in modern medicine. So, in honor of all the medical errors avoided and patient safety successes celebrated, sit back with a cup of coffee to pore over the patient safety offerings currently housed on The Joint Commission website.

Articles and journals

  • The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (Read it now since free open access ends April 1)


Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals: Patient Safety Systems Chapter

Enterprise Content Library Index

  • Tabs through for a range of safety topics including Patient Safety & High Reliability, Sentinel Event Prevention, Surgical Safety and much more. View the Index

Events and education programs

Papers and monographs

Podcasts – OurTop Five “Take 5” Podcasts on Patient Safety


Quick Safety
Quick Safety
is a monthly newsletter that outlines an incident, topic or trend in health care that could compromise patient safety. Its goal is to help Joint Commission-accredited organizations recognize potential safety issues they may encounter.

Safety culture assets

Sentinel Event Alerts
Sentinel Event Alert
identifies specific types of sentinel and adverse events and high risk conditions, describes their common underlying causes, and recommends steps to reduce risk and prevent future occurrences

Speak Up™ campaigns
The Joint Commission’s award-winning Speak Up™ patient safety program provides free patient education materials on more than 20 topics. No copyright or reprinting permissions are required.

Like everything else, this list is a work in progress and we look forward to observing Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2018 with an entirely different list of assets to reflect our country’s most current state of health and welfare. Until then, enjoy the #PSAW2017 show!

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