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Why are we marching?

  • Globally our hospitals are being overwhelmed by the global pandemic sweeping our country.
  • Patients and provider safety are in grave danger.
  • Before this pandemic began it was estimated that globally more than 13,150 people every day were dying hospitals in ways that could have been prevented. 
  • Our caregivers, nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists, are now also taking the brunt and are dying due to the lack of system preparedness.
  • If we had made the safety of our health system for both caregivers and patients our number one priority many lives would have been saved. We must learn from this, we must act to make safety our top priority and we must ensure this never happens again.
  • There’s no single villain to blame, it’s the systems that have been set up ineffectively and the lack of transparency in delivering care.  
  • When we don’t talk about medical errors openly and honestly, the same mistakes happen again and again. Silence impedes learning and perpetuates preventable harm, too often resulting in unnecessary harm and deaths.

This is unacceptable. This could affect you or a loved one tomorrow.

Facts about patient safety and medical errors - 13,150+ People die in hospitals, every day, in ways that could have been prevented. 3rd* Leading cause of death in the US. *MEDICAL ERRORS250,000-440,000 People are estimated to die in the US each year from medical errors.4.8 Million People are estimated to die globally each year from medical errors. This is more than HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, combined.

What is a medical error?

The term medical error may be new to you. A medical error is a preventable adverse effect of care, whether or not it is evident or harmful to the patient. This might include an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis or treatment of a disease, injury, syndrome, behavior, infection, or other ailments.

Examples:

  • Your son tests positive for COVID-19 and is admitted to the hospital. Due to the lack of masks your son’s caregiver isn’t able to stop the spread of the infection and is also infected. This is preventable.
  • Your grandmother goes into the hospital for a hip replacement and gets an infection at the site of her surgery and dies five days later. This is preventable.
  • Your neighbor has an asthma attack during allergy season and goes to the emergency department for relief. The medication they give to your neighbor is 10x’s stronger than it should be and he dies. This is preventable. 
  • Your brother is in a skateboarding accident, hits his head and becomes unconscious. In the hospital, they put a tube in his trachea, and it becomes dislodged and he dies. This is preventable.

What if I’ve been harmed?

We have built a page to help connect the dots. We understand going through a patient injury can be a very challenging process to navigate. Our global network includes many organizations that provide resources and support to those who have experienced an injury due to a medical error.