12 top tweets from Patient Safety Awareness Week's Twitter chat

The National Patient Safety Foundation hosted a Twitter chat Tuesday as part of its Patient Safety Awareness Week agenda, covering topics including communication gaps, medication errors and how patient engagement is intertwined with patient safety.


Here are some top tweets from Tuesday's chat, broken down by the four main topics covered.

Topic 1: What are chief risk areas and prevention strategies for communication gaps or breakdowns?

CMS' Quality Improvement Organizations Program noted patient transitions are one of the riskiest times for patients.

NPSF encouraged clinicians to improve communication with patients using Ask Me 3, an educational module.

And the American Public Health Association reminded everyone on the importance of educating patients to prevent healthcare-associated infections.

Topic 2: What strategies can promote medication safety?

The CDC noted adverse drug events as a major patient safety problem.

The federal agency also encouraged proper use of antibiotics.

And the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF provided six tips aimed at patients to avoid medication errors.

Topic 3: Is there a difference between patient experience and patient engagement, and how do they contribute to patient safety?

NPSF kicked things off by noting patient experience and patient engagement have many overlaps.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offered advice on how to engage patients and families to improve patient safety.

And Chris Worsham, MD, the chief medical resident and chief resident in quality and safety at Boston University School of Medicine, said engaged patients are "the last line of defense for errors."

Topic 4: Is healthcare safer now than it was 20 years ago? What are the top successes and pressing challenges?

NPSF noted the need for a coordinated, national plan to improve patient safety.

AHRQ noted its CUSP tool as successful in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Several participants noted antibiotic resistance as a major challenge. The CDC left with these words of wisdom:

Follow the full chat at #PSAW17Chat on Twitter.

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