Frequently Asked Questions

September 17 has been declared World Safety Day by the World Health Organization (WHO) and we are honoring that day by conducting a March event in Washington DC to raise awareness about patient safety and encourage political action on Capitol Hill in the U.S., and beyond.

The purpose of the March for Patient Safety (MFPS) is to bring awareness to the alarming fact that preventable medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 200,000 will go into a hospital this year and not come out, due to preventable medical errors.

We want everyone who has ever been affected by medical harm to participate in the March. This is not just for the medical community, it is for everyone who has ever been a patient or will become one and whoever has cared for a patient or will care for one.

All participants should wear comfortable shoes, wear layers, bring a hat and a water bottle. Freedom Plaza is very busy during business hours with little parking available, so participants should be prepared to use the Metro or find alternative ways to get to the March, such as Uber or Lyft. There are three Metro stations close to Freedom Plaza.

We plan to elevate visibility to this important issue of unsafe care and will push for action from our government leaders to take action by encouraging transparency and align incentives and create bi-partisan interest in creating a National Patient Safety Agency to provide oversight for patient care in the U.S.

You can support the March For Patient Safety by donating online. You can also activate in your own community! Organize your own event by downloading the Satellite Event Guide here. We want to bring awareness all over the globe on World Patient Safety Day.

The route will start at Freedom Plaza and go down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Building steps. The distance is a little over one mile. There will be assistance for handicapped participants.

We are gifted with rights and freedoms that not all societies enjoy. We are allowed freedom of speech to talk about the fact that healthcare is broken and unsafe in this country and around the world. While the statistics are alarming, it is a little known issue. Our goal is to change that!

We respectfully ask you to join us in this freedom of speech event to talk about saving lives. No guns or weapons of any kind are allowed at the site. Please do not bring folding chairs. Do not bring leaflets or brochures to promote your own organizations. Please do not bring pets.

This is an inaugural March. Depending upon our success, it may become an annual event.