In the United States, it is alarming that medical errors are the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. Globally, preventable complications following medical care contribute to more deaths than people dying from HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis (TB) combined, and this estimate is likely to increase during these unprecedented times. Much of this harm is preventable and all these people die needlessly.
This issue affects us all, no matter our age or race or the size of our bank accounts. We do know that people of color experience harm more frequently when they seek health care and we must unite to address this epidemic. Together we can find solutions and bridge this major gap in our system.
What Can You Do?
It will take action every day leading up September 17th, World Patient Safety Day, to build momentum. We’ve outlined different ways you can take action, whether you’re a giver or a receiver of care, or someone who stands behind patient and health worker safety and the need for safe care for all.
MOVE and help us raise awareness.
Walk, run, jog, bike, rollerskate, and even “scoot”… and as you move, track your steps, and we will show people that patient and health worker safety is a global priority by sharing that people like you have chosen to dedicate your steps through our cause. Our steps, collectively, can be used to help move our congressional leaders and the media to prioritize and recognize patient and health worker safety for the global public health crisis that is silently killing millions of people each year.
For every mile you move, you help fundraise for the Patient Safety Movement Foundation from a corporate sponsorship pool. You can also create your own team and ask your friends and family to join, or pledge to support you.
Download Charity Miles and help us raise awareness about patient safety while you exercise. Donations made through the app will benefit our #uniteforsafecare campaign and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.
We’ve developed a FAQ for setting up your Charity Miles account.