Letter from the Chairman, September 2019

Dear PatientAiders,

This is an exciting month for all of us who have been pushing for patient safety.  The World Health Organization has established September 17th as World Patient Safety Day to make patient safety a global priority. This initiative will help amplify awareness of patient safety challenges; and encourage individuals and organizations to “Speak up for Patient Safety.” Please accept this challenge and make your voices heard. Our goal is to get to ZERO preventable deaths – and your actions matter.

On the same day, many of you will attend our Midyear Planning Meeting, where healthcare leaders and patient advocates come together to discuss how we can continue our work toward ZERO preventable deaths – as soon as possible. One preventable death is not acceptable, let alone an estimated Five Million Preventable deaths a year worldwide.  In the US, we are losing an estimated 200,000 patients a year and in developing countries patients are better off staying home than seeking healthcare due to medical errors and unsafe care.

The work we have done has helped bring world leaders to this cause on a global scale.  On October 24-25, with WHO, ISQUA and IHI, we are convening the African Patient Safety Summit.  And, as many of you know, our 2020 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, is fast approaching.  I want to thank the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the European Society of Anaesthesiology for co-convening the 2020 Summit with us.  Join us on March 6 and 7.  Registration is now open.  For more info: https://patientsafetymovement.org/events/summit/world-patient-safety-science-and-technology-summit-2020/

In this Issue

Former Senator Barbara Boxer has long been an advocate for patient safety and eliminating preventable hospital errors. As a U.S. senator, she worked diligently with stakeholders and engaged with agencies to prevent medical errors. In 2014, she compiled a report including recommendations to improve patient safety. Her call to action encourages everyone to Speak up for Patient Safety! The time is now.

Joe