Patient Safety Week March 4-10

In connection with Patient Safety Week, the Joint Commission is providing free of charge materials including videos related to the SAFE CARE Program. The videos will be available to hospital patients (those hospitals that participate in this program) at their bedsides and while they receive care.
According to their press release, “The SAFE CARE Program utilizes free posters that hospitals can hang in patient rooms which allows patients and families to instantly access and watch safety videos by topic on their own smart phones by simply pointing a smart phone at a QR code on the poster, or texting the word “SAFE” to 411247 to receive a link to Safe Care’s safety video library. The nine short videos address the most common patient safety issues in hospitals such as hand hygiene, preventing infections, avoiding medication errors, patient falls, and more. Organizations are also able to customize the videos for a nominal fee.
“We are making important safety information available to patients and their families 24/7 with no training or time obligation whatsoever from the hospital care staff,” says Victoria Nahum, executive director, SAFE CARE Campaign. “These videos show how to receive the safest care possible and we put it right into the hands of the patients and their families’ right when they need it most — while they’re at the bedside.”
This is a great step in making patient safety and proper care accessible to those who need it at that particular moment.