Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Be Aware for Safe Care
In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, the VA is celebrating the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week, which takes place March 4-10, 2012. The Providence VAMC is just one of the many VHA facilities that is celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week.
This year’s theme for Patient Safety Awareness Week is “Be Aware for Safe Care.” This theme highlights the need for all of us to understand the importance of patient safety and to recognize our role in providing safe, high quality, patient-centered outcomes for our Veterans. Every employee, every volunteer, has more than just a job. Our every day actions and mindful behaviors can make the difference between a safe outcome or one in which an unintended harm reaches a Veteran. The theme of this year’s Patient Safety Week fits wonderfully into a culture of safety that the VHA has been working toward for many years.
To further our culture of safety here at the Providence VA Medical Center, we recently established a ‘Great Catch Award.’ The Great Catch Award is given monthly to an employee who has prevented a “near miss” event—one that has the potential for causing injury to a patient. We’ve presented three Great Catch Awards to date:
• December 2011: Kimberly Swail, RN (5B)
• January 2012: Melissa Sardinha, RN (4A)
• February 2012: Jennifer Robitaille, RN (4B)
These three employees prevented unintended harm from reaching our Veterans. We all need to “Be Aware for Safe Care” by keeping safety at the forefront of everything we do, not just during Patient Safety Week, but for every week thereafter.
Please join us in celebrating “Be Aware for Safe Care.”
For more information, please visit the VA National Center for Patient Safety.