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Ashland, Ky.— King’s Daughters team members will advocate for patient safety from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 6 at Belk in the Ashland Town Center and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the KYOVA Mall as part of National Patient Safety Awareness Week. 

“Patients aren’t always aware that they can have a direct impact on their safety,” said Rachel Rardon, Patient Safety Specialist at KDMC. “It’s important for patients and families to become active participants in their own healthcare.” 

Rardon and the KDMC Patient Safety team will distribute Speak Up™ materials from the Joint Commission, the largest accrediting body in the U.S., which has been actively involved in overseeing patient safety for more than 50 years. The KDMC team hopes to demonstrate to community members that their voices about safety can be heard. 

“By using your own voice, you can directly impact the quality of care for you and your family members. Simply speaking up can help avoid medication errors and infection rates,” Rardon said. 

The National Patient Safety Foundation sponsors the campaign, recognized this year from March 4-10. The independent, non-profit organization aims to provide a voice to all patients on the safety of their care.


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