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Patient Safety Authority Issues Annual Report for 2007
Date:4/30/2008

ssuring that providers are adhering to safe practices such as hand washing and verifying medications before administering them. The consumer tips sheets are another educational tool the Authority uses to reach out to the facilities and their patients. The Authority also continued to distribute the Speak Up(TM) brochure developed by the Joint Commission to give patients the information they need to "speak up" and ask their healthcare providers questions so they can be active participants in their healthcare.

To access the consumer tips sheets or other consumer-related information go to http://www.psa.state.pa.us and click on "Tips for Consumers."

Anonymous Report Brochure

The Authority received only one Anonymous Report in 2007. The Anonymous Report is an important vehicle for comprehensive event reporting. In order to promote the Anonymous Report alternative, the Authority developed an Anonymous Report brochure this year for Patient Safety Officers to display prominently in their facilities for staff to access. The form is for healthcare workers to complete if they feel a patient in their facility suffered an unanticipated injury involving the clinical care of a patient. However, the healthcare worker's first obligation is to report the event internally according to their facility's patient safety plan. If the healthcare worker is not satisfied with the manner in which the report was handled by the facility, then they are asked to consider filing an Anonymous Report with the Patient Safety Authority. A report form is provided in the brochure.

It is a goal of the Authority's that these matters are handled properly within the healthcare facility so that Anonymous Reports are not necessary. Every healthcare worker should feel empowered to speak if he or she feels a patient has not been cared for properly. Healthcare management and supervisors should communicate openly with their staff so
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