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Los Alamos Medical Center joined with hospitals and other healthcare organizations throughout the country in marking National Patient Safety Awareness Week recently. The week is defined by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) as a national education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level.LAMC’s Director of Quality and Risk Management Jan Grosse, RN, MS, says the patient – and his or her role at the hospital and in the physician office – is a major focus of this important education effort.“Patient safety is the ruling component of patient care at LAMC,” Grosse said. “Patient safety rules from the initial contact with the patient when we obtain identifying information, through a well-planned, patient-involved discharge.”It is the “patient-involved” concept at the center of this year’s awareness campaign, Grosse said. “Patient safety involves effective communication among all members of the team.
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