World Patient Safety Day | September 17th

Over 3,600 people tuned in on September 17th for the event. It now lives in perpetuity on YouTube for you to enjoy today.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation, the organizer of the #uniteforsafecare campaign, created the theme September 17, 2020: Health worker safety is patient safety.

“This year has been one of the most challenging and eye-opening for the issues of safety in our healthcare systems: from effectively equipping & supporting frontline health workers in their heroic work, to equitably serving & treating patients. Even before the pandemic, more than 200,000 patients died each year in America from what are considered preventable errors. Systemic problems in healthcare are at fault, and many of them — from burnout to the lack of transparency and safe processes — continuously set our health workers up for failure and error and put patient safety at risk.”

David Mayer, CEO, Patient Safety Movement Foundation

World Patient Safety Day Activities

The following events were organized by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. Click on the timeline to scroll through the different days the #uniteforsafecare campaign was active.

  1. Summer 2020

    We spent extraordinary efforts raising public awareness in the press and on social media throughout the Summer resulting in over 70 articles or tv segments being published and aired. A select few are below; you can click here to see them all.

  2. Sep 8-17, 2020

    Completed a global virtual physical challenge to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety using the platform, Charity Miles. By September 17, 750 people moved 73,606 miles for patient and health worker safety.

  3. Sep 15, 2020

    A group of 14 staff and volunteers gathered at the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and walked 1.5 miles to the Newport Pier as a 1st amendment demonstration to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety.

  4. Sep 16, 2020

    Patient Safety Movement Foundation served as a content collaborator for the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s annual conference, NAHQ NEXT. This conference gathered over 300 patient safety and quality professionals.

  5. Sep 17, 2020

    Taichung, Taiwan

    The Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club (TPSCC) one of the PSMF’s partners working to eliminate preventable patient deaths across Taiwan held an walk in Taichung, Taiwan to gather people from various groups – government and academia – related to healthcare. They walked to the National Taichung Theater, the Opera House, and lit it up orange for world patient safety day.

  6. Sep 17, 2020

    Washington, DC

    A group of 20 patients, family members and health workers gathered to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety on World Patient Safety Day. The demonstration began at Freedom Plaza, the group walked down Pennsylvania Avenue and ended at Union Square Park in front of the Capitol Building, 2,000 individual flags were planted during a memorial and tribute to all the patients and health workers who have needlessly died to due preventable medical harm.

    Celebration with PSMF Staff at UCI Medical Center

    The PSMF staff gathered with the leadership and staff from UC Irvine Health at UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. UC Irvine Health went all out to show their support of the #uniteforsafecare campaign and World Patient Safety Day.

    Global Virtual Event

    The PSMF and three co-conveners, the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and the Leapfrog Group, hosted the first ever #uniteforsafecare virtual event. To see a full list of speakers click here.


  7. Sep, 2020

    #Uniteforsafecare Virtual Event

    On World Patient Safety Day, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation hosted a virtual event to honor the 200,000+ lives lost every year due to medical harm. Over 50 speakers shared 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

  8. Oct 31, 2020

    He was joined by 10 people in our network. He is dedicated to walking across the country and visit every baseball stadium to honor lives lost and help spread awareness. Together we can reach ZERO!

Satellite Events

You’ll see below the 20 events that took place on/around World Patient Safety Day in 2020. Thank you to our supporters who shared the details of these events with us.

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