Letter from the Chairman, May 2018

Dear Readers,

April was an exciting month. The 3rd Global Ministerial Summit Patient Safety in Tokyo was excellent and attended by over 40 ministries of health from around the world, including 17 Ministers. At the summit, the Tokyo Declaration was announced. The Tokyo Declaration aims at improving patient safety dramatically through transparency and aligning incentives so that hospitals will implement processes that can avoid human errors from harming patients.

Our Spotlight this month focuses on the need to properly verify the placement of nasogastric feeding and drainage tubes to avoid misplacement, which too often lead to death.

Your institution can learn from Children’s Hospital Colorado’s experience and the research and education led by the NOVEL Project. This month, both the provider and advocacy perspectives are shared passionately to inspire change across our healthcare system.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation has developed a new evidence-based APSS on the topic, so please don’t delay. Download and implement the solution today so you can save patients tomorrow.

Each month I ask you to join us in this effort to save patients from unnecessary harms that lead too frequently to death. You have the ability to take action, so please contact us today if you want to find out how you can help lead us to ZERO.

Joe Kiani
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation