The Patient Safety Movement Foundation, the organizer of the #uniteforsafecare campaign, created the theme September 17, 2020: Health worker safety is patient safety.
“This year has been one of the most challenging and eye-opening for the issues of safety in our healthcare systems: from effectively equipping & supporting frontline health workers in their heroic work, to equitably serving & treating patients. Even before the pandemic, more than 200,000 patients died each year in America from what are considered preventable errors. Systemic problems in healthcare are at fault, and many of them — from burnout to the lack of transparency and safe processes — continuously set our health workers up for failure and error and put patient safety at risk.”
David Mayer, CEO, Patient Safety Movement Foundation
World Patient Safety Day Activities
The following events were organized by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. Click on the timeline to scroll through the different days the #uniteforsafecare campaign was active.
We spent extraordinary efforts raising public awareness in the press and on social media throughout the Summer resulting in over 70 articles or tv segments being published and aired. A select few are below; you can click here to see them all.
Sep 8-17, 2020
Completed a global virtual physical challenge to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety using the platform, Charity Miles. By September 17, 750 people moved 73,606 miles for patient and health worker safety.
Sep 15, 2020
A group of 14 staff and volunteers gathered at the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and walked 1.5 miles to the Newport Pier as a 1st amendment demonstration to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety.
Sep 16, 2020
Patient Safety Movement Foundation served as a content collaborator for the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s annual conference, NAHQ NEXT. This conference gathered over 300 patient safety and quality professionals.
Sep 17, 2020
A group of 20 patients, family members and health workers gathered to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety on World Patient Safety Day. The demonstration began at Freedom Plaza, the group walked down Pennsylvania Avenue and ended at Union Square Park in front of the Capitol Building, 2,000 individual flags were planted during a memorial and tribute to all the patients and health workers who have needlessly died to due preventable medical harm.
Celebration with PSMF Staff at UCI Medical Center
The PSMF staff gathered with the leadership and staff from UC Irvine Health at UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. UC Irvine Health went all out to show their support of the #uniteforsafecare campaign and World Patient Safety Day.
Global Virtual Event
The PSMF and three co-conveners, the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and the Leapfrog Group, hosted the first ever #uniteforsafecare virtual event. To see a full list of speakers click here.
#Uniteforsafecare Virtual Event
On World Patient Safety Day, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation hosted a virtual event to honor the 200,000+ lives lost every year due to medical harm. Over 50 speakers shared their heart-wrenching and heroic stories of survival and loss as well as their professional and personal experiences that will help educate and inspire you to #uniteforsafecare!