Unite for Safe Care

Unite for Safe Care - patients, advocates, health workers and leaders, together globally - working to ensure patient and health worker safety in every nation on earth.

September 17, 2021
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#uniteforsafecare Virtual Event 2021

#uniteforsafecare 2021

World Patient Safety Day, September 17th, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm PDT

This 2nd annual #uniteforsafecare campaign is designed to bring global awareness to the public and human rights issues we are all now facing: the lack of safety in health care that the pandemic brought to light. Considering the huge burden of avoidable harm occurring to women and babies in the US and around the world during childbirth, the topic of maternal and newborn safety has been designated by the World Health Organization as the theme for this year’s event “Safe maternal and newborn care.” Our virtual program will touch on this theme but we will also explore the concepts of high-reliability and create two tracks so that both the general public and stakeholders from healthcare will find value in our programming.

2020 Activities

2020 Activities

Celebrating World Patient Safety Day

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) has spent significant energy raising the visibility of the World Health Organization (WHO) official World Patient Safety Day on September 17th both for the benefit of the public as well as healthcare workers and other stakeholders in the patient safety community.

The PSMF’s theme for the 2020 #uniteforsafecare campaign was 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,” said Patient Safety Movement Foundation CEO Dr. Dave Mayer. “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.”

The PSMF’s 2020 World Patient Safety Day #uniteforsafecare campaign was focused on: 

  • Summer of 2020: public awareness in press and on social media
  • September 8-17: a collective, virtual physical challenge to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety
  • September 16: serve as a content collaborator for the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s annual conference, NAHQ NEXT
  • September 17: a free public virtual event which you in perpetuity can access here for free



Thank you to our co-conveners and sponsors for making the #uniteforsafecare Virtual Event possible.