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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Raises Consumer Awareness During National Patient Safety Awareness Week
Date:3/9/2009

Consumer information distributed to encourage patients and their families to participate in their healthcare

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is raising consumer awareness during Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14) by promoting its consumer tip sheets and brochures, derived from data received from healthcare facilities through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS).

"National Patient Safety Week allows everyone to pause and rethink how much we can do in our daily practice as a patient or as a healthcare provider to improve patient safety," Fran Charney, director of Educational Programs at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "A recent survey shows that more Pennsylvanians are participating in their healthcare. Having the patient engaged and an active team member in their care and treatment is an incalculable value to their healthcare team."

The consumer tip sheets cover a variety of topics that include: knowing the difference between do-not-resuscitate orders and a living will, medication errors, falls, infections, color-coded wristbands and the importance of knowing your medical history. Packets of the consumer tip sheets and brochures were sent this week to the Pennsylvania State Legislature for distribution in their district offices. Packets were also sent to the Area Agencies on Aging in Pennsylvania. The Authority collaborated as well with the Consumer Health Coalition in Pittsburgh to make the consumer information available. All of the consumer tip sheets can be found on the Authority's website at www.patientsafetyauthority.org.

Also on the Authority's website patients and their loved ones can review several links containing information specifically for the public such as an entire website (consumermedsafe
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