WPSC Speak-UP! award to recognize healthcare staff who make the “good catches” and speak up to keep patients and staff safe.
The Washington Patient Safety Coalition has awarded it’s Spring 2022 WPSC Speak-Up! Awards. It is a statewide recognition program that acknowledges the efforts of individuals and teams at Washington healthcare organizations who demonstrate a commitment to keeping patients and staff safe by speaking up and voicing their concerns to promote health care safety.
Awards are given twice a year, award dates are located on the award landing page here on this website. It is open to individuals and teams from all Washington healthcare organizations.
Making a “good catch” and speaking up is a strong indicator of a positive organizational culture of safety that prevents harm. A similar award program run by the MHA Keystone Center in Michigan demonstrated there was an improvement in culture survey results across a 2-year period coinciding with the launch and sustainment of their award program. Results from a cost-savings analysis applied to the Michigan award program suggest that each instance of speaking up by staff saves patients, families, and health care organizations an average of more than $13,000. (Novak A. Improving safety through speaking up: An ethical and financial imperative. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2019 Jul;39(1):19-27.)
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