The I AM Patient Safety award is an annual contest that recognizes and celebrates healthcare staff for their individual or collective commitment to and influences on patient safety. It is a chance for us to celebrate the things that go right each day in healthcare to make our patients safer. We will also highlight two runners-up in each category to honor more patient safety heroes for their extraordinary work. We at the Patient Safety Authority (PSA) invite you to nominate individuals or teams who have made a difference in patient safety.
So get your nominations ready and help us celebrate those who are making a difference every day and helping advance safe healthcare for all patients!
Nominations must be submitted by December 10, 2021.
Ambulatory Care/Surgery Facility
- The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced surgical safety
- Examples include developing an innovative intervention to prevent surgical site infections, creating a process to prevent wrong-site surgeries, or involving patients in an improvement project
The winner will be an individual or a team who enhanced the diagnostic process or made considerable effort to reduce diagnostic error
Examples include improving patient/family communication around the diagnostic process; expanding the diagnostic team with nonproviders, e.g., nurses, therapists, techs, and patients; crafting technological solutions to reduce misdiagnosis; and improving the diagnosis and management of a medical condition
INDIVIDUAL IMPACT- GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
- The winner will be an individual who made a significant impact on a patient or their facility
- Examples include taking steps to provide exceptional patient care, providing a heartfelt moment for a patient/colleague, creating a fun/innovative care environment, and stories that makes you say “Wow!”
4. LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY
- The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced patient safety at a long-term care facility within Pennsylvania
- Examples include identifying and communicating a safety concern, initiating a new program/process to prevent infections, involving residents in a patient safety initiative, and reducing the rate of a healthcare-associated infection or other safety-related metric
5. NATIONWIDE WARRIORS
- Open to any individual or team in the United States
- The winner will be an individual or a team who went above and beyond to advance patient safety, developed innovative harm reduction strategies, or created a nurturing care environment for their patients
- Open to Pennsylvania medical offices independently licensed or part of a larger health system
- The winner will be an individual or team who demonstrated the importance of patient safety in the physician office setting
7. SAFETY STORY (NEAR MISS OR CLOSE CALL)
- Near misses are circumstances that could have caused patient harm but did not
- The winner will be in individual or a team who intervened before an injury occurred.
- Examples include reporting an event catalyzed facility-wide change, implementing a new inspection process following equipment failure, and identifying a potentially catastrophic situation
TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE
- The winner will be an individual or a team who improved transparency to advance patient safety
- Examples include demonstrating commitment to transparency by leadership, broadly disseminating lessons learned from an event, designing and implementing a new process to link disclosure and system improvement, and employing an integrated team approach to safety and transparency<\li>
And this years' two new categories:
- The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced the diagnosis or treatment of sepsis
- Examples include developing a new/better process for early recognition, creating a more robust treatment model, or implementing a successful initiative to reduce sepsis mortality
- The winner will be an individual or a team who best used or innovated time-outs
- Examples include using a time-out to prevent an adverse event, implementing bedside/procedural time-outs, or innovating surgical time-outs
Judges select individuals and teams from nominations, submitted by healthcare facilities throughout Pennsylvania and throughout the country, for their individual and/or team commitment to imprving patient safety.
- Evident commitment to patient safety
- Focus on high-level changes (for example, barriers and forced functions) and replicability
- Indicative of strong patient safety culture in the facility
- Initiative taken by individual/group
2021 Patient Safety Winners
2020 Patient Safety Winners
2019 Patient Safety Winners