Patient safety is a public health issue. One in 10 patients develops a health care acquired condition during hospitalization. Medical error has been estimated to cause the deaths of 44,000 to 98,000 hospital patients a year, with recent research suggesting that the number might be as high as 440,000 deaths.
Work is being done at the federal, state and local levels to address these issues but it takes all of us within the care continuum to stand united. As a result of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative, there was a 1.3 million estimated reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2011-2013.
There is still so much more that can be done.
The National Patient Safety Foundation is kicking off its United for Patient Safety campaign, which will highlight and reinforce that all of us within the health care system have a role to play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.
United for Patient Safety is an ongoing education and engagement campaign that works to bring together diverse organizations with a commitment to patient safety and the general public to learn more about the topic, start important dialogue, and take action for improved safety conditions.
As part of this campaign, join us March 13-19, 2016 for Patient Safety Awareness Week, which will serve as a dedicated time and platform for growing awareness about patient safety.
The week will launch a yearlong effort to highlight issues important to drive to reduce harm to patients and the organizations united in this mission while providing the opportunity for discussions, events, and engagement by those dedicated to this cause.