In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week, Good Samaritan offers
tips to help patients stay safe and take an active role in their care.
Patient Safety Awareness Week, which is observed annually to raise awareness
of important patient safety issues, is March 14-20.
“Patient safety is at the forefront of the care we provide and is
a part or our hospital culture,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO.
“We welcome this opportunity to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness
Week in collaboration with the Indiana Hospital Association with our patients,
staff and community.”
Good Samaritan offers the following tips to help patients stay safe and
comfortable during their hospital stay:
Speak up. You must trust your health care provider, but remember communication
is a two-way street. If you have a question or concern about your care,
ask your doctor. Ask Me 3® encourages patients and families to ask
three specific questions of their providers to better understand their
health conditions and what they need to do to stay healthy.
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
- Keep your hands clean. Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent
the spread of infection. Keep your hands clean and ask providers to clean
their hands before touching you. Good Samaritan has taken hand hygiene
one step further by introducing Biovigil to nursing units. Biovigil hand
hygiene awareness automatically reminds staff when hand hygiene is required
with sounds on a special badge. The visual lights on the badge communicate
to patients about their caretaker’s hand hygiene status and allow
patients to see that employees have washed their hands.
- Educate yourself. Unfortunately, it’s possible to get an infection
in the hospital while being treated for something else. Know the signs
and symptoms of infection and let your health care provider know if you
- Participate in treatment decisions. Your health care provider has your
best interests in mind, but you must be an active participant in your
own care. Discuss all treatment options so you can make an informed decision together.
“Patient safety is everyone’s responsibility, from physicians
and nurses to patients and visitors,” said McLin. “We must
all work together to ensure patients receive the best, safest care.”
For more information about Patient Safety Awareness Week, go to