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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Supports 'National Patient Safety Day'
Date:7/24/2009

The Authority offers patients consumer tips and encourages facilities to implement guidance in Patient Safety Advisories for improved patient safety

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority supports "National Patient Safety Day," Saturday, July 25, which is a national effort to encourage patients and their families to take an active role in their healthcare.

Pulse of PA is a member of this grassroots collaboration effort of patient safety advocates based throughout the country and internationally. This year the group is asking that all patient advocates observe a moment of silence at 6 p.m. in their time zone and drive with their headlights on. The "Candlelight Moment of Silence and Hope" is this year's theme to remember patients and families who have lost their life (or quality of life) to medical errors.

The Authority encourages patients to participate in their own healthcare by following guidance in "Consumer Tip" sheets. The tip sheets provide information on how patients can help reduce the risk of medical mistakes occurring to them while they are being treated in the healthcare arena. The consumer tips are based upon real life medical errors that have either occurred or were prevented in Pennsylvania healthcare facilities and published in Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisories.

"A patient's number one role is to get well," Mike Doering, executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, said. "However, through our data we know that sometimes patients are harmed due to medical errors. Our data also shows that patients and their families can help prevent errors by providing as much information as possible and asking questions while receiving medical treatment."

Topics of the consumer tips include how to prevent: infections, wrong-site surgery, falls a
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