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National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is a national education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level.

Actions to take to help protect yourself

  • Rid your medicine cabinets of old or expired medications.
  • Bring your medications to your doctor or pharmacist for review.
  • Obtain copies of all your healthcare records and keep them in a safe place.
  • Write down and carry with you all of your prescription and over the counter medications (including doses), as well as any allergies.
  • Write down and carry with you the names and numbers of all of your healthcare providers and pharmacies.
  • Identify an advocate (either family member or friend) who can accompany you and ask questions on your behalf.
  • Talk with your family or other close individuals about what your preferences are for your healthcare, in case you are unable to speak for yourself.

Learn more about HAP's Quality and Patient Safety initiatives.

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