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ZERO Preventable Patient Deaths by 2020

The Patient Safety Movement is connecting People, Ideas and Technology to confront the large scale problem of over 200,000 preventable patient deaths in US hospitals each year by providing actionable ideas and innovations that can transform the process of care, dramatically improve patient safety and help eliminate patient preventable deaths. We are doing this one solution, one commitment, one hospital, one act of kindness and love, and one patient at a time. The movement is breaking down silos between hospitals, medical technology companies, patient advocates, patients, the government and all the stakeholders affected in healthcare—all of us. Together we are pushing toward ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.

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Patient Safety Movement Foundation Applauds U.S. Senator Harkin, Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, and Senator Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, for Making Patient Safety a National Priority

December 10, 2014

Senators Request that GAO Identify Best Practices to Reduce Preventable Patient Deaths Irvine, Calif. – December 10, 2014 – The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is applauding U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identify successful practices that health systems have implemented to reduce preventable patient deaths, so those practices can be instituted across the nation. The letter follows up on last year’s testimony Patient Safety Movement Foundation founder Joe Kiani delivered before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, which Harkin chairs, and laid out five steps to help ... Read More »

Patient Safety Movement Foundation Gains Momentum Toward Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020

November 21, 2014

Healthcare Quality Institute’s Commitment Aims to Save 1,000s of Lives Irvine, California – November 20, 2014 – The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that the Healthcare Quality Institute (HQI) – encompassing 400 hospitals in California – has made a commitment to Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020 (0X2020), potentially saving thousands of lives and as much as $67 million. HQI’s mission is to assist hospitals to achieve zero defects, optimize clinical effectiveness, and enhance patient and family experience. Among its goals is to make California the safest state in the nation by 2017. HQI joins a growing list of healthcare ... Read More »

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Updates Guidance to Better Protect Patients Receiving IV Opioids

May 14, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued updated guidance for hospital medication administration – effective immediately – to reduce preventable deaths or serious adverse events related to intravenous (IV) opioid medications and blood transfusions. 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 »