The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced at the 4th annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit that more than 1,600 hospitals, medical technology companies and others who have made commitments to eliminate preventable patient deaths have saved over 24,6431 lives since the inaugural Summit in 2013. They also reported over 50 Medical technology companies that made a public pledge to share data.
“There are 24,643 children, mothers, and fathers with us today because of the work of the people attending this Summit. But even if that number were one, I think we all agree that it would still be worth everything we are doing,” said Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “To err is human, but not to put in place processes to avoid medical errors is inhumane. Even if we fixed this by 2020 or even next year, what happens if you have to take your son or daughter or loved one to the hospital today? We have to do something and everything we can to eliminate preventable deaths today.”
“It’s hard to think of one single, solitary thing that would show a bigger difference than eliminating all the unnecessary patient deaths. It will improve the efficiency and margins of hospitals and healthcare providers while actually lowering the cost. It will create a market of intense hunger, forever better practices within hospitals, ever better technologies. And besides, you will feel better about yourself if we do it, and that counts for something,” President Clinton stated in his keynote. A video of President Clinton’s keynote can be found at https://youtu.be/iV-kpebVuA8.
This year’s World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit featured Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) commitments to address two new healthcare challenges: obstetric and airway safety. Diverse, multi-disciplinary work groups made up of the world’s leading clinical, advocacy, and patient safety experts have developed these APSS to be rapidly deployable so that hospitals can commit to implementing them and start saving lives right away.
In addition, eleven organizations made new commitments at the summit, including the March of Dimes, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, and the Cleveland Clinic.
Along with the new solutions, updated versions of the prior ten APSS were released at the beginning of the Summit. The updated APSS are available at https://patientsafetymovement.org/challenges-solutions/actionable-patient-safety-solutions-apss/.
1The number of lives saved are based on the numbers reported by the 1,600 hospitals that have committed to the Patient Safety Movement.