Letter from the Chairman, December 2017

Dear Patient Safety Leaders,

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for anyone who has tragically lost a loved one to a preventable medical error. This goes double for families that lost a mother in childbirth. We are dedicating our December issue to “optimizing obstetric safety” with a Spotlight on Dr. David Lagrew, Executive Medical Director of Women’s Service at St. Joseph-Hoag Health in Orange County. He will also be our webinar presenter on December 13th.

Dr. Lagrew has also worked to advance mother and baby safety nationally and internationally. He has made significant strides in bringing down C-section rates and improving emergency response to crash C-sections, maternal hemorrhaging, and other delivery complications. He’s also made important contributions to the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC).

As we wind down 2017, I look back to when we started this journey in 2012 and am in awe at how far we have all come. We are breaking down the silos between clinicians, patient advocates, hospital leaders, medical technology companies and government leaders, and connecting the dots so that patient safety is top of mind. We are not at zero preventable deaths in U.S. hospitals, but the goal of 2020 is not impossible. It will require even more momentum for us to get there. We now have 31 regional chapters around the world. I want to thank the leaders of these Regional Network Chairs and thank you all for your continuing efforts to help us reach zero.

We are about three months away from our 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in London, United Kingdom, on February 23-25, 2018. Organized with the support of the Secretary of State for Health, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, and co-convened by the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA). The 2018 Summit promises to be our best one yet. I am very excited about the incredible program we have planned with our partners and I hope you can join us!

If you haven’t already done so, please urge your organization to make the commitment to zero and implement processes such as our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) to eliminate preventable deaths in your hospitals. If you have already made the commitment, please take a moment and update it; and, make sure your organization implements all 13 APSS.

We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season and may peace and love find its way in everyone’s lives.

Joe Kiani
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation