The Patient Safety Movement Foundation began authoring white papers in 2020. These differ from opinions that are published in our blog. The white papers have been developed to further our mission of improving patient safety by reducing preventable patient harm and death. The ideas and findings in these white papers represent innovative work lead by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, in partnership with volunteers from leading organizations globally.
In April 2020, we launched an inquiry to understand the perspectives of medical error from those within the general public and from those within the PSMF network itself. To harvest the perceptions of medical error after a year of relentless discussion about healthcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PSMF launched a Part II survey in April 2021 to complement the 2020 (Part I) survey.
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation published a white paper on September 8, 2020 assessing the feasibility of creating a National Patient Safety Board to reduce preventable medical errors in facilities across the country.
A perception-based analysis of the contributors to medical error: Understanding current state, leveraging findings, and applying results to push forward for patient safety
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), a non-profit focused on eliminating preventable patient deaths in healthcare by 2030, took the first steps in exploring the current perceptions of patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following report illustrates results from both the PSMF community and from the general public on healthcare topics in order to assess perceptions and establish a platform for patient safety movements forthcoming. This report aims to demonstrate the current state as a baseline for comparison for future patient safety efforts. This global shock has proven that our healthcare problems are systemic and were not caused solely by COVID-19. We have the opportunity to show that it was the pandemic that exposed them and we can apply the lessons learned from this pandemic to improve health worker safety, and in turn patient safety. We can’t just hope for zero deaths from medical anymore. We have to plan for it.