This week, March 12-18, 2017 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week. Recently, I took the pledge for Patient Safety and I encourage you to do so too, by taking the Healthcare Professional Pledge , "I pledge to strive to implement and follow the practices that increase the safety of my patients and my team". This is an initiative of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).
These 2 very important leaders in health care improvement and policy have chosen this week to announce that the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the NPSF have agreed to merge. This is fantastic! These 2 organizations are working hard to improve patient care, and supports the importance of clinicians' role in identify systems' breakdown. See their video here IHI-NPSF-Announce-Merger.
These are tough times for health care. With so much unknown about what the future will look, and no matter what your political view is, we can all agree it is time to join forces and focus on what is most important. Patients! Every one of us got into to healthcare because we want to help people, and we want the best for our patients. Let's continue to work together.