World Patient Safety Day: How Health Worker Safety and Patient Safety Go Hand in Hand – Audio Interview

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Patient Safety Expert Discusses What We Can Do to Keep our Clinicians and Patients Safe Amidst a Global Pandemic

Last year, in an effort to raise awareness of the important of patient safety, the World Health Organization established World Patient Safety Day. The purpose was to increase engagement, improve global understanding and encourage solidarity and action to promote patient safety. This year, amidst a global pandemic, the theme is how health worker safety is the first steps towards patient safety.

Vice President of Clinical Quality and Safety at UnitedHealthcare Global, Melinda Sawyer or Chief Medical Officer discusses:

  • How health workers safety and patient safety go hand-in-hand during a pandemic
  • What administrators, leaders and others can do to help improve the safety of health workers
  • Health worker mental health and ways to manage stress
  • How your audience can get involved to support this important issue

 Note: This segment is brought to you by UnitedHealthcare

About Melinda Sawyer

Melinda Sawyer, DrPH, MSN, RN, CNS-BC is the Vice President for Clinical Quality and Patient Safety of UnitedHealthcare Global.  She spent 20 years in nursing and quality and patient safety leadership roles at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. 

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