NEWS | Feb. 21, 2014

NHCC joins nationwide effort to promote patient safety awareness

By Hospital Corpsman Gavin Perryman Naval Health Clinic Charleston public affairs

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers and the public, Naval Health Clinic Charleston officials recently announced the clinic's participation in the 2014 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign. This year's theme is Navigate Your Health ... Safely.

Patient Safety Awareness Week runs March 2-8, and is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event, creating awareness in their community and among their staff.

Navigate Your Health ... Safely, highlights the need for health care providers to ensure patients and consumers are more engaged in the health care process, whether visiting the doctor for a routine exam or entering the hospital for surgery.

"Health care today is extremely complex," said NPSF President Tejal Gandhi, MD. "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. Navigate Your Health ... Safely reminds us that that providing safe patient care can best be achieved when patients are a key part of the team and take an active role in their care."

NHCC will engage staff, patients and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety science and practice.

"Our goal is to demonstrate our commitment to working together and with our patients to provide the safest care possible," said NHCC Commanding Officer Navy Capt. Marvin Jones.

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.
The NHCC Patient Safety Mission is to facilitate and promote consistent wide communication and compliance to patient safety practices and behaviors per the delivery of healthcare services within the Naval Health Clinic Charleston. For more information visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/chas.