This nationwide education and awareness-building campaign focuses on improvements and enhancements in patient safety within healthcare organizations.
"Providing health care in a safe, compassionate environment is the fundamental foundation on which every hospital's commitment and mission is built. Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center is striving not only to improve care, but also enhance patient safety," said Julie Girard, director of Quality and Risk Management, Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.
Medical errors can happen during even the most routine tasks and can occur anywhere in healthcare. Most errors are the result of problems created by today's complex healthcare systems.
Since 2002 National Patient Safety Awareness week has been dedicated to finding new and creative ways for organizations to improve on patient safety through educating and communicating more effectively with the community, patients and as a healthcare team.
"We encourage all patients to become involved in their own health care. The public has access to a patient safety link on the Sioux Valley Vermillion Web site at www.siou xvalleyvermillion.org to learn more about how to be an active partner in patient safety," Girard said.
"We value our patients' input and assistance in delivering safe and effective medical care," she continued. "National Patient Safety Week is a great opportunity to notify the public about the safeguards we have implemented and encourage patients to take an active role in their healthcare."