September 17, 2020By Lance Baily

Today’s FREE Unite For Safe Care Virtual Event Brings Awareness to World Patient Safety Day

Today September 17th is World Patient Safety Day! The Annual #WorldPatientSafetyDay is being celebrated globally to reiterate the importance of health care safety and raise global awareness. Later today, at 5PM EDT, UTC-4, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation alongside its co-conveners the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) , the Leapfrog group, and the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) are hosting the FREE #UniteforSafeCare virtual event. As an official media partner of the Patient Safety Movement, HealthySimulation.com absolutely recommends all healthcare simulation champions participate in this powerful opportunity!

You can watch the youtube event live at 2PM PDT right here:


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During the 3 hour event, over 50 speakers will share their heart-wrenching and heroic stories of survival and loss as well as their professional and personal experiences that will help educate and inspire you to #uniteforsafecare!

Speakers will address the following themes and questions:

  • What are medical errors?
  • History of patient and health worker safety
  • What a culture of safety means
  • Tips patients should know to keep themselves safe in the hospital
  • Why we need patient safety legislation
  • Perspectives from hospital CEOs on unsafe care
  • Testimonials from health workers about COVID-19
  • Mental health of health workers and burnout rates
  • Address disparities in healthcare
  • Memorial and tribute to those we’ve tragically lost
  • Celebration of survivors of medical harm
  • And, why our speakers care about making health care safe for all, and why you should too!

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Peter Lachman, MD, MMED, MPH, MBBCH, FRCPCH, FCP(SA), FRCPI, CEO of The International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and Mary Dale Paterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), as well as President Bill Clinton and current WHO Director General Dr. Tedros.


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More About the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

When the 1999 report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System was released by the Institute of Medicine, it was the first time the impact and consequences of medical errors were quantified. The report generated a sort of enlightenment that led many like-minded people to form organizations to combat medical errors and hospitals to begin implementing processes to reduce harm. Joe Kiani, Founder, and Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, floored by the alarming statistic that 98,000 Americans were dying from preventable causes in hospitals, began to ask questions and track what was being done in the United States to reduce these unnecessary deaths.

In November 2010, over a decade later, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report which revealed that the number of Medicare beneficiaries who had experienced an event that contributed to their death had reached 180,000. Kiani realized the problem was not getting better, rather it was growing rapidly. Something needed to be done!

Joe continued to hear about countless families, like Rory Staunton and Leah Coufal’s families, who lost their lives under preventable circumstances. These stories helped fuel the mission of ZERO preventable deaths, a bold but necessary goal that the Foundation believes in wholeheartedly because ONE preventable patient death is one too many. In 2012, tired of general inaction and apathy, Kiani had identified an immediate need to bring all stakeholders across the continuum of care together to take action, thus forming the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation convened the first annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in 2013. The Summit brought together the world’s leading clinicians, hospital CEOs, patient advocates and government leaders to identify primary patient safety challenges and provide tested solutions called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS).

Hospital attendees made formal commitments to implement processes to reduce preventable deaths in their hospitals, and healthcare technology companies signed the Open Data Pledge to share data for the sake of patient safety. In January 2019, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation held its 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit and announced over 90,146 lives saved because of commitments made by over 4,710 partnered hospitals across 50 countries. This announcement showcased how far we’ve come, and how much further we must go to reach ZERO preventable deaths.

New Coaching Opportunity from the Patient Safety Movement

Big news from the Patient Safety Movement today! Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) Coaching is now available to committed healthcare organizations for free and to others for a nominal fee. The organization will provide no cost virtual coaching and consulting on performance improvement projects for institutions willing to share their patient safety and medical error data. The new coaching program is designed to help organizations: Assess and analyze their current state to determine gaps and identify root causes, prioritize improvement work and create action plans, apply implementation science principles to new process design, and evaluate outcomes and sustainment. Learn more here!

More About World Patient Safety Day from the World Health Organization

Did you know that research estimates show that in high-income countries, as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. The harm can be caused by a range of adverse events, with nearly 50% of them considered preventable. A study on the frequency and preventability of adverse events across 26 hospitals in eight low and middle-income countries, showed the adverse event rate to be around 8%. Of these events, 83% were preventable, while about 30% were associated with death of the patient. For these reasons and many more, WHO will observe World Patient Safety Day on the 17th of September 2020 and support a global campaign to emphasize the importance of health worker safety as a priority for patient safety.

WHO urges all partners and countries to develop national and local campaigns based on this global campaign, to support and observe the Day around the world to make it successful, and to commit and taking urgent and sustainable action to recognize health worker safety as a prerequisite for patient safety. The campaign aims to mobilize patients, health workers, health leaders, policy-makers, academics, researchers, professional networks, the private sector and health care industry to speak up for health worker safety to improve the safety of health care, and reduce the risk of harm, both to health workers and patients.

Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2020:

  • Raise global awareness about the importance of health worker safety and its interlinkages with patient safety
  • Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt multimodal strategies to improve the safety of health workers and patients
  • Implement urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders which recognize and invest in the safety of health workers, as a priority for patient safety
  • Provide due recognition of health workers’ dedication and hard work, particularly amid the current fight against COVID-19

Please use the hashtags #WorldPatientSafetyDay, #UniteforSafeCare and tag @HealthySim as you watch this and other World Patient Safety Day events today!

Learn More on the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Website!


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