Pike County Memorial Hospital is celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8. This year’s National Patient Safety Foundation theme, “Navigate Your Health…Safely,” highlights the need for health care providers to ensure that patients are more engaged in the health care process, whether they are visiting the doctor for a routine exam or entering the hospital for surgery.
“All of us will be patients at some point in life, and we should approach that experience the way we would approach any important journey — with careful planning and communication, “says NPSF President Jejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS. “Navigate Your Health…Safely reminds us that providing safe patient care can best be achieved when patients are key members of the team and are encouraged to take an active role in their care.”
A patient’s health journey starts with diagnosis. For Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014, NPSF has teamed up with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) to develop and disseminate educational materials for clinicians, hospitals, and patients to assist their healthcare provider in making the diagnosis. PCMH will be providing patient medication record cards for patients to provide current medication lists to their providers.
Patients are reminded to bring the following with them to their appointments: health history, including surgeries, implants, accidents and family history; and a medication list including name, dose and frequency.