The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) joined the Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club (TPSCC) at the 2nd Annual Patient Safety Rally hosted by the TPSCC in Taichung, Taiwan on April 21, 2018. Sixteen healthcare organizations, including fourteen hospitals, committed to implementing the PSMF’s evidence-based Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS), which have been proven to improve healthcare quality and eliminate preventable harm, and deaths, in hospitals.
“I’ve said before that we must not hope for zero preventable patient deaths, we must plan for zero. We are thrilled by the leadership of Dr. Mingi Chan Liao M.D., Ph.D. and the Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club who have rallied Taiwan’s hospitals to act on behalf of patients everywhere. Only through action will we be able to eliminate preventable harm from hospitals,” explained Joe Kiani, Founder, and Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement.
At the rally, Joe Kiani welcomed attendees with a short video. Each hospital’s leadership and executive staff took the stage to publicly announce their commitments to implement the APSS that, when implemented, will positively improve the care provided in their facilities. The list of committed hospitals and partners include:
- Taichung Armed Forces General Hospital
- Taitung Hospital
- Chiayi Branch, Taichung Veterans General Hospital
- Ministry of Health and Welfare Pingtung Hospital
- Keelung Hospital Ministry of Health and Welfare
- Taipei Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare
- Jianan Psychiatric Center, Ministry of Health and Welfare
- Hua-lien Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare
- Pingtung Christian Hospital
- St. Joseph’s Hospital
- Tung’s Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital
- Penghu Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare
- Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation
- Changhua Christian Children’s Hospital
- Committed Partner: Taiwan Healthcare Quality Association
- Committed Partner: Unison Healthcare Group
Also speaking at the rally were Ms. Maria Cvach, the director of Policy Management and Integration at John Hopkins Hospital and Dr. Shin Ushiro, a professor of safety management at Kyushu University Hospital, Japan. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Vice President, Ariana Longley, was on hand to support the work being done by the TPSCC, as one of the PSMF’s most active committed partners internationally. More than 120 supporters attended the rally as the Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club works to join the PSMF in unifying the healthcare ecosystem.
“To improve patient safety, we must not only listen but act. I am thrilled by the commitment of all sixteen committed hospitals and partners who have shown great leadership by implementing evidence-based processes proven to improve patient safety. The combined commitments from our two rallies means that 19 out of 22 administrative regions have embraced patient safety with the commitment to ZERO preventable deaths by 2020,” explained Dr. Chan Liao.
Following the rally, Ms. Longley joined the Club’s President, Dr. Chan Liao, for visits to local hospitals. The rally is the second in the last year by Taiwan’s hospitals to raise awareness and take action to improve patient safety in hospitals. Last year, 19 Taiwanese hospitals made commitments to implementing APSS.