Why take action now?
Patient and health worker safety has been compromised for decades. Think of Coronavirus as the black light that was just turned on to reveal all the gaps in our systems that already exist.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deficiencies in healthcare, to say the least. Global leaders must act with a fierce urgency to call this safety crisis what it is: a global public health emergency.
Administrators are battling priorities, our health workers are struggling to keep themselves safe and, in turn, struggle to provide safe care. And advocating during this surge hasn’t been easy for patients to advocate for themselves or for family members to advocate for their loved ones.
Our global leaders must acknowledge that the level of medical errors occurring in healthcare is not decreasing during this time. Only bold, new ideas and solutions can move the needle on preventing patient harm and deaths. They must recognize that patient safety affects all communities and, in reality, it’s affecting people of color disproportionately more frequently.
We believe that there are 3 priorities that global leaders must take to address this global medical error crisis:
- Promoting Transparency. Be Transparent, Always. It is the best thing for everyone.
- Aligning payment for healthcare services with safe treatment and outcomes to motivate hospitals to invest in patient safety. Give a carrot to those that do well; give a stick to those who need motivating.
- Establishing a National Patient Safety Oversight Agency. We encourage this in each country, globally.