See the Change
You may have lost someone you loved or know someone who has. If that is the case, we would like to express our deepest sympathy.
We can’t explain why a place of healing became a cause of tragedy. What we can do is much more modest: extend an invitation to you to join patient advocates, mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, and sons and daughters who are working passionately towards a single goal – ZERO preventable deaths.
If you’re ready to Join the Movement, we will welcome you – with gratitude and appreciation. Your story and donation will become an integral part of the narrative driving the Patient Safety Movement forward.
Visit our resource page to educate yourself or a loved one during a hospital visit. Many of these resources were developed by patients, for patients.
Challenges and Solutions
After extensive research and input from doctors, nurses, healthcare technologists, and patient-safety specialists, the leaders of the Patient Safety Movement drafted and published detailed solutions for common causes of preventable patient death. We call these Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). Hospitals committed to the Movement have agreed to implement at least one of these APSS or another proven solution at their institution. It’s just one of the collaborative steps we’re taking towards our common goal.
What role does the government have in patient safety issues?
In the United States, the federal government is involved in patient safety both as a regulator and a payer. As a regulator, government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) serve an important role to ensure safety standards for medicines and medical devices. As a payer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides healthcare benefits for over 90 million people by reimbursing hospitals, doctors, and other clinicians for the care they deliver to patients. Through these dual functions, the government has considerable influence on the standards for patient safety across the country.
What can you do to improve how the government protects patients from preventable harm?
Congress creates laws, provides funding for federal agencies, and conducts oversight of how laws are being administered by the government. Your elected representatives serve as your voice in this process and need to hear from you to make sure they are aware of important issues like patient safety. Share your personal experiences with them, explain your concerns, and offer possible solutions for them to consider. Your state elected officials also have an important role in making laws about health insurance and the licensing of medical facilities and healthcare providers.
Doesn’t the government already have laws and rules about patient safety? Why aren’t these laws helping reduce the number of preventable medical errors?
There are many laws and regulations in place that aim to reduce medical errors, make patient safety a priority, and provide transparency about medical errors and preventable harm. However, many of these laws and rules simply are not working to reduce the rate of medical errors. It is time to reevaluate some of these laws and make necessary changes. Some of the PSMF policy proposals are outlined below that focus on reforming and improving the healthcare delivery system. Government must use its considerable influence as a regulator and a payer to drive changes.