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Quick Response Code-Enabled Patient Safety Education Launched

by Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

Medical errors and mistakes in delivery of care harm or kill patients while costing hospitals billions each year.  “Learn How to Be Safe While Receiving Medical Care” is a new safety education poster program delivering critical education information directly into the hands of patients and their families and requires no staff time or training.

The QR (Quick Response) Code Patient Safety Education Program is a joint collaboration between Kimberly-Clark and Safe Care Campaign to provide hospitals and healthcare facilities with free patient and caregiver education available instantly at the bedside. The two have teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Joint Commission’s Speak Up™ Educational Campaign and the Patient Channel to issue QR-code enabled poster to healthcare facilities nationwide.

Infection prevention while receiving medical care is a key responsibility for patients and their families.

“One of the most powerful ways in which patients and caregivers can join medical professionals in helping to ensure safe and effective outcomes is by asking the right questions, gathering information and gleaning knowledge,” said Joanne Bauer, President, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. “Our participation in this Patient Safety Education Program is yet another way in which we hope to reach consumers with potentially life-saving information and to further support medical professionals in helping them prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections.”

The Patient Safety Education Program poster offers instant access via a QR reader app or text message to nine educational vignettes related to healthcare facilities’ most common patient safety issues:

  • Insisting on proper hand hygiene from your caregiver
  • Preventing an infection when you’re having surgery
  • Preventing a blood stream infection
  • Preventing medication errors
  • Preventing an infection when you have a urinary catheter
  • Preventing errors during medical care
  • Preventing patient falls
  • Safety when your loved one is on a ventilator
  • Patient’s Guide to a Clean Healthcare Environment

“For the first time in the history of American healthcare, all healthcare facilities now have access to free patient safety educational resources. With the support of Kimberly-Clark, we are able to help restore patients from crisis to better health and improve the quality of their lives,” said Victoria Nahum, Executive Director, Safe Care Campaign. “This program will arm and empower patients and their families with critical patient safety information when and where they need it.”

Download Poster and iBook:

To download the free Patient Safety Education Program poster, visit

Healthcare facilities can also order customized posters featuring videos most relevant to their needs.  A free companion iBook is also available to patients to help them understand what they can do to prevent medical harm from occurring while in the process of receiving care.  The book is available on the iPad through iBooks and via a computer through iTunes.

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