A perception-based analysis of the contributors to medical error: Understanding current state, leveraging findings, and applying results to push forward for patient safety
Olivia Lounsbury, Ariana Longley, Donna Prosser, Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, Michael Ramsay
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), a non-profit focused on eliminating preventable patient deaths in healthcare by 2030, took the first steps in exploring the current perceptions of patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following report illustrates results from both the PSMF community and from the general public on healthcare topics in order to assess perceptions and establish a platform for patient safety movements forthcoming. This report aims to demonstrate the current state as a baseline for comparison for future patient safety efforts. This global shock has proven that our healthcare problems are systemic and were not caused solely by COVID-19. We have the opportunity to show that it was the pandemic that exposed them and we can apply the lessons learned from this pandemic to improve health worker safety, and in turn patient safety. We can’t just hope for zero deaths from medical anymore. We have to plan for it.