On the same day the World Health Organization (WHO) designated World Patient Safety Day, The Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s (PSMF) Midyear Planning Meeting (MYPM) brought together more than a hundred patient safety stakeholders from across seven countries for intimate discussions about how to achieve ZERO preventable deaths in hospitals. More than 200,000 people die due to medical errors in the US each year, and more the 4.8 million worldwide.
During this important meeting, administrators, clinicians, patient safety advocates, family members and other patient safety leaders from across the healthcare ecosystem had an opportunity to share experiences and expertise to help develop solutions to eliminate preventable patient deaths.
The meeting began with a special video message from Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, thanking those who have made a commitment to patient safety and challenging others to make the same commitment to support the WHO in making patient safety a global priority.
“No one should be harmed when seeking healthcare,” said Joe Kiani, PSMF founder. “Even one preventable death is one too many. World Patient Safety Day activates every stakeholder across the healthcare ecosystem to ‘Speak up for patient safety.’ I challenge you to join us and make plans to achieve ZERO.”
During the day, general sessions demonstrated to those in attendance how individuals and organizations have changed policies and processes to eliminate preventable patient deaths.
Breakout sessions focused on solutions for: medication safety/opioid safety, hand-off communications, neonatal airway safety, early detection and treatment of sepsis, systemic prevention and resuscitation of in-hospital cardiac arrest, mother/baby falls, embolic events, person and family engagement and hand hygiene, the patient safety curriculum, and post-operative delirium in older adults.
“The numbers of patients that die each year from preventable hospital errors is just not acceptable, and we know how to lower them,” said David Mayer, PSMF CEO. “Our 34 free Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) provide specific processes and guidance to help hospitals prevent medical harm. We know how to reduce the number of preventable deaths on our way to eliminating them entirely.”