About the Patient Safety Movement

Founded in 2012, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) is the only non-profit 501(c)(3) that has publicly committed to eliminating preventable patient deaths in hospitals by the year 2020 (0X2020™). At the same time, they are setting up Regional Networks to duplicate efforts abroad. Medical errors are one of the leading causes of harm and death across the globe. The Foundation has worked with the world’s leading clinicians, hospital CEOs, healthcare technology CEOs, patient advocates and government leaders to create 30 Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) under 16 umbrella topics. These APSS are made available to every hospital and clinician free of charge. For patients, a free mobile App, PatientAider, empowers their loved ones to better navigate their hospitalization. The Foundation also convenes the annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. Speakers and panelists include clinicians, researchers, patients, world leaders, senators, ministers of health and innovators from around the world.


By 2020, non-communicable diseases are expected to account for 7 out of 10 deaths in developing regions.1

Boutayeb, A., & Boutayeb, S. (2005). The burden of non communicable diseases in developing countries. International Journal for Equity in Health, 4(1), 1.

Unsafe surgery is the third leading cause of death globally.2

Nadmin, P. O. (2015, June 22). Unsafe surgery and anaesethesia lead to third of all deaths. Retrieved December 22, 2016, from

Did you know? No U.S. standard exists to quantify harm or death due to medical error.3

Donaldson, M. S., Corrigan, J. M., & Kohn, L. T. (Eds.). (2000). To err is human: Building a safer health system(Vol. 6). National Academies Press.

Human error has been implicated in nearly 80% of adverse events that occur in complex healthcare systems.4

Palmieri, P. A.; DeLucia, P. R.; Ott, T. E.; Peterson, L. T.; Green, A. (2008). The anatomy and physiology of error in averse healthcare events. Advances in Health Care Management. 7. pp. 33–68. doi:10.1016/S1474-8231(08)07003-1ISBN 978-1-84663-954-8ISSN 1474-8231

Research estimates over 200,000 deaths are attributed to medical errors each year in the United States.5

Donaldson, M. S., Corrigan, J. M., & Kohn, L. T. (Eds.). (2000). To err is human: Building a safer health system (Vol. 6). National Academies Press.

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