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Kimberly-Clark Launches QR Code Patient Safety Education Program


Kimberly-Clark collaborated with Safe Care Campaign and launched a QR Code Patient Safety Education Program, which aims to provide healthcare facilities and hospitals with free patient care education that they can instantly access at the bedside.

For this program, Kimberly-Clark and Safety Care also teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient Channel, and The Joint Commission’s Speak Up(TM) Educational Campaign. The program distributes “Learn How to Be Safe While Receiving Medical Care” posters that feature QR codes to various healthcare facilities throughout the U.S.

These free posters contain critical patient safety information that patients and their families or caregivers can access directly when they most need it, without requiring the presence of medical staff or any sort of medical training.

Through this Patient Safety Education Program, Kimberly-Clark and the rest of the team hope that they could provide consumers with information that may potentially be life-saving and also support medical care professionals in their efforts at preventing the spread of infection associated with healthcare. They would like to see less number of cases wherein medical errors and mistakes in the delivery of care result to harm and even death among patients, as well as billions of dollars in costs incurred by hospitals.

When scanned, the QR codes found on the posters offer patients instant access to nine educational vignettes that are related to the most common patient safety issues in healthcare facilities:

1. Insisting on proper hand hygiene from a caregiver

2. Preventing an infection when having surgery

3. Preventing blood stream infection

4. Preventing medication errors

5. Preventing an infection when you have a urinary catheter

6. Preventing errors during medical care

7. Preventing patient falls

8. Safety when your loved one is on a ventilator

9. Patient’s Guide to a Clean Healthcare Environment

To download the Patient Safety Education Program’s free poster, go to: http://www.safecarecampaign.org/poster/choose_your_program.html

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