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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014

February 6, 2014 R

Many people place the responsibility of patient safety solely on the shoulders of medical professionals. While doctors and nurses have a great responsibility to provide the best care possible, it’s up to everyone in healthcare to ensure the safety of the patient—including the patient! We all want to avoid medical negligence and one of the best ways to do is to be an informed and helpful patient.  Do you insist that all healthcare providers wash their hands? Do you carry a list of all the nutrition supplements and medications you take? These are examples of helping to ensure your own safe care.

Led by the National Patient Safety Foundation, Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual campaign designed to help patients and medical professionals improve healthcare practices. Though it’s only a week-long campaign, Patient Safety Awareness Week offers crucial education that can help ensure excellent care all year long. This should be towards the top and sound like it’s happening next week. In 2014, Patient Safety Awareness Week is next week from March 2-8 and the theme will be “Navigate Your Health… Safely.”

While Patient Safety Awareness Week is improving the way healthcare is administered, there’s still a long way to go. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, call Pegalis Law Group of Long Island at (516) 684-2900. Our medical malpractice attorneys will evaluate your case and may be able to help you obtain compensation.