Letter from the Chairman, September 2020
This month, we will celebrate the 2nd annual World Patient Safety Day designated by the World Health Organization. The Patient Safety Movement will be participating by hosting a free three-hour virtual event — #UniteForSafeCare — on YouTube Live starting at 5 pm on September 17, 2020. Our event will unite patients, healthcare workers, policymakers, celebrities, and global citizens for the common goal of discussing ways to advance patient and health care staff’s safety — and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Over 1500 people have already RSVPed and we anticipate many more by September 17th.
#UniteForSafeCare will be celebrated globally to emphasize the importance of patient and healthcare worker safety and raise global awareness. In our recently published poll results, over 79% of Americans don’t know that the safety of patients is compromised every day in healthcare. Our esteemed keynote speakers include President Bill Clinton, a long-term supporter of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO; The Right Honorable Jeremy Hunt MP, Former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, The UK Government; Joe Kiani, Founder of The Patient Safety Movement Foundation; Mary Dale Peterson, MD, President, The American Society Of Anesthesiologists; Peter Lachman, MD, Chief Executive Officer, The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA), and Leah Binder, President and CEO, The Leapfrog Group; and many more well known leaders in patient safety. Our event will also feature entertainers, politicians, physicians, patients and family members of patients harmed or lost in the world’s health care systems.
#UniteForSafeCare will include memorials and tributes to those who have been lost from preventable medical errors. We will celebrate those who have survived these errors, who will be sharing their stories and providing words of wisdom and tips to the public regarding how to stay safe. There will be musical performances, testimonials, and political talks about how we can improve safety in healthcare. We will reach zero preventable patient deaths by 2030, and on the way to this goal, we will also achieve a very significant reduction in preventable patient harm.
Nobody intentionally sets out to harm patients, but the truth is that hospitals are not hardwired for safe care for every patient, all the time. Improved transparency is needed. That’s why we need every hospital to provide the best practices and be a high reliability organization. We can achieve this!
You can make a difference in the safety of healthcare. Please join us for what will be a phenomenal program that will make a difference in health care. RSVP to participate in the #UniteForSafeCare event here.
Mike Ramsay, M.D.
Chairman, Patient Safety Movement Foundation
President, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Dallas, TX