Leap into Patient Safety Week!

The week of March 13 – 19 is Patient Safety Week. A week to encourage everyone to learn more about and celebrate the daily efforts needed to improve patient safety.

Swope Health Services recognizes patient safety as a public health issue.

According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, medical errors cause the deaths of 44,000 to 98,000 patients a year.

What Swope Health Services is doing to improve patient safety:

  • We adhere to safety and quality standards and track our progress
  • We train all of our associates on proper safety practices and quality initiatives
  • We conduct safety audits and drills

As an organization certified by the Joint Commission, Swope Health Services undergoes rigorous audits and evaluations to ensure its processes meet quality standards.

PatientSafetyDayThe Center for Patient Safety and the National Patient Safety Foundation drive this campaign and encourage all of us to remember patient safety all year around.  And you can join us in celebrating Patient Safety Week by wearing the color Purple.

What you can do to help:

  • Learn about your responsibilities as a patient
  • Communicate openly and honestly
  • Give a complete and truthful medical history
  • Request information and/or clarification if you do not understand
  • Actively participate in decision making of treatment recommendations
  • Agree upon goals of therapy and treatment
  • Comply and follow through with the agreed-upon treatment program

Be safe, and have a wonderful Patient Safety week! Remember, we are all patients.

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Have questions about patient safety or your responsibilities as a patient? Leave us a comment below. Stay engaged with your health care team at SHS – call 816-923-5800 for an appointment or same-day visit.


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