SaferCare Texas takes students to IHI Patient Safety Congress

Safercare MainEnsuring safe and equitable care for all is just one of the lessons students learned at a recent meeting of the Institute for Health Improvement’s Patient Safety Congress.

SaferCare Texas, The University of North Texas Health Science Center’s patient safety institute, sponsored three students to attend the three-day event and learn from patient safety experts across the country.

The Patient Safety Congress takes place every year at different locations, and this year it was hosted at the National Harbor in Maryland.

The Patient Safety Congress gives people “the opportunity to learn, collaborate and connect with others who share a passion for shaping ​​smarter, safer care for patients wherever it’s provided – from the hospital and outpatient settings to the home,” its website says.

Second-year students Olivia Hurst and Folasade Fashina from the School of Public Health and Brenda Godoy from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine were able to present and attend the three-day conference along with several members of the SaferCare Texas Team.

“I’m so grateful for the experience to learn from healthcare leaders from across the country that are dedicated to advancing patient and workforce safety,” Hurst said. “I am excited to continue to build upon the safety and improvement skills I have learned about this past week as I continue my degree.”

Several SaferCare Texas team members also presented at the conference.

SaferCare Texas Clinical Executive, Dr. Kate Taylor, and Interim Director for SaferCare Texas, Dr. Teresa Wagner, presented on Age Friendly Emergency Services: Integrating the 4Ms into an Emergency Response System.

Wagner and TCOM student Brenda Godoy also presented on the topic of COVID-19: Transforming Rural Healthcare with Health Literacy.

Asthma 411 Faculty Partner, Dr. Leslie Allsopp, and SaferCare Texas Clinical Executive, Bobbie Bratton, presented on Asthma 411: Cross-sector Collaboration to Improve Safety and Best Practice in School Asthma Services.Bobbie Poster

Wagner hopes that this conference will ignite students’ passion for learning about patient safety and the ways that they can eliminate preventable harm in their communities.

“Ensuring patient safety helps improve patient outcomes – they are simply and safely getting the appropriate treatment that fits their diagnoses whether that’s in the healthcare setting, community, or home,” Wagner said. “Improving patient safety ensures that high-quality care is provided to all patients, and they understand that care every time they interact with a healthcare provider or system.”

The Patient Safety Congress will take place on May 14 in Orlando, Florida next year. You can learn more about the Patient Safety Congress here.

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