Letter from the Chairman, March 2018

Thank you to everyone that made the 2018 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in London a success in every way. There was a heightened level of international collaboration this year and I believe more than ever that zero is within our reach. A special thank you goes out to our host, the United Kingdom’s Department of Health and its Secretary of State for Health Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt, and our co-convener, the European Society of Anesthesiology for making it all possible.

If you were not able to join us, please take the time to go through the videos. The powerful patient stories and enlightening panel discussions will provide you with the tools you need to implement the necessary patient safety processes in your hospital.

At the Summit, we announced 81,533 lives were reported saved in 2017 through hospital commitments and implementation of our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). Amongst the new amazing commitments made at this year’s Summit, were California’s transparency commitment that Julie Morath from HQI announced. Beginning this year, California hospitals will quarterly each display their preventable harms on their web sites, beginning with five quality of care measures. This is a huge step towards zero! AHA and Laerdal also announced their commitment to zero preventable deaths, by providing high-quality CPR through education and training. The UK announced their plan to reduce mortality due to medication errors; and, last but not least, WHO’s announced their “Medication without Harm” challenge. It’s amazing to see all of these incredible people coming together to ensure no one is fatally harmed from a hospital visit ever again!

Our Spotlight this month is on Prof. Kai Zacharowski. Last year, in 2017, Prof. Zacharowski announced the World Patient Blood Management Network at our Summit; this year he announced that the Network has been working hard the past 12 months and has made great progress. At our recent summit, Prof Zacharowski and colleagues committed to recruit hospitals within the worldwide PBM network, collect data and provide metrics around the number of lives they will save through their initiative. Read our spotlight to learn how the network has expanded and how your institution can join and learn from their work and save lives!

We just have 2 years left to get to zero and while I know the goal is lofty, I also know it can be made real. I have seen how hospitals have gone from hoping for zero to planning for zero and then they get there. How? By implementing the known processes that keeps patient safe, from culture of safety process to sepsis detection process to medication error process. The processes are known and you can also find them on our website. Today, right now, we need everyone to make the decision that we won’t lose another patient in our departments, hospitals, country and world, again! We need to decide that we will take on the leadership role necessary to get us there. And, make the commitment to zero today!

Joe Kiani
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation