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The Goal: Zero Preventable Patients Deaths by 2020

At the Patient Safety Movement, we believe that zero preventable deaths by 2020 is not just a worthy goal. With the right people, ideas, and technology, it’s an attainable goal. Many of the pieces of this puzzle already exist. To a large extent, solving the problem is a matter of connecting the dots of patient safety.
 
The Patient Safety Movement is working to connect these dots in a number of ways: by collaborating and breaking down information silos that exist between hospitals, medical technology companies, the government, and other stakeholders; by promoting the sharing of data that can identify at-risk patients before they’re in danger; and by providing specific, actionable solutions that healthcare professionals can implement today we can reach our goal together.
 
We are the Patient Safety Movement. Join us today so that patients can live tomorrow.

 

 

Report from the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit: More Commitments Made, More Lives Saved

February 5, 2015

Two New APSS and Entire 2015 Summit Agenda Available on PatientSafetyMovement.org Irvine, Calif. – February 5, 2015 – The 3rd annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit concluded with 500 more hospitals and more than a dozen medical technology companies joining the Patient Safety Movement committing to zero preventable patient deaths by 2020. Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, announced that ‘One Plus 6,411’ lives have been saved since hospitals began implementing a series of Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) – measurable procedures such as greater attention to hand washing, early detection of sepsis and reduction of ... Read More »

Vice President Joe Biden at the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit: Zero by 2020 Is ‘Within Our Grasp’

January 27, 2015

Irvine, Calif. – January 27, 2015 – In his keynote remarks at the third annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in Irvine, Calif., over the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden told the several hundred doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, medical technology executives, and patient advocates that, “over the last three years you’ve broken down silos between patients, providers, hospitals, medical technology companies and government.” Much progress remains to be made to eliminate the more than 200,000 preventable patient deaths – with some estimates showing as many at 400,000 deaths annually – Biden said. Though eliminating hospital-caused deaths isn’t impossible. “There’s ... Read More »

Patient Safety Movement Continues Its March Toward Eliminating Preventable Patient Deaths

January 24, 2015

‘One Plus 6,213’ Lives Saved Announced at the first day of the 3rd Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit Irvine, Calif. – January 24, 2015 – The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced at the 3rd annual Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit that more than 500 hospitals, medical technology companies and others who have made commitments to eliminate preventable patient deaths have saved more than 6,200 lives since the inaugural Summit in 2013. “More than ever, we are committed to defeating the tyranny of apathy that has led to more than 200,000 patients dying of preventable deaths in our ... Read More »

When Enough is Enough

December 4, 2013

The number of people who die from a preventable patient death is equal to a jumbo jet crashing every day of the year with no survivors. Statistics sound so scientific, but there is a story behind each life lost. There is a parent who will never see their child again. A child who never had a chance to know their mom or dad. A spouse who doesn't know how they will go on without the love of their life. I'm not sure how or if the family of those lost can ever make peace with the fact that the death of their loved one was preventable. Read More »

The Tragic Death of Lynne Spalding

November 15, 2013

As if the family and friends of Lynne Spalding had not suffered enough heartbreak. First they were confronted with news in early October that Ms. Spalding was found dead in a stairwell of a well-known San Francisco hospital, 2 weeks after she went missing from her room. Then came a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, which said a hospital worker had seen and stepped over a body in the same stairwell location the week before Ms. Spalding’s corpse was found. More than 200,000 patients die preventable deaths in U.S. hospitals every year. Read More »

A Bigger Dream

November 12, 2013

A common thread that bonds many of us is the need to make a difference in the world. We want to leave the planet a little better than we found it. The challenge to some is to find that calling. I guess you could say that I was fortunate to find my calling earlier rather than later. I have to say that it was a much bigger dream than anything I could have come up with on my own. My mother was a dedicated nurse and she instilled in me at a very young age the importance of patient safety. Read More »