IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/16/14 -- At the second annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit more than 100 hospitals and med tech companies made public commitments and pledges to help reduce preventable patient deaths to zero by 2020 in U.S. hospitals.
The commitments and pledges build on previous public pronouncements other healthcare companies and organizations made during the inaugural Summit last year. "Those commitments and pledges directly resulted in saving the lives of an estimated 602 patients," according to Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement and Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation & Competition in Healthcare. The second annual Summit was co-convened with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.
More than 60 hospitals and healthcare systems made commitments to help reduce preventable patient deaths. Featured commitments from healthcare organizations included:
Neonatal and Pediatric
Failure to Rescue
Sub-Optimal Red Blood Cell Transfusions
At this year's Summit, attendees formulated three new Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS):
You can view these and the six other APSS at http://patientsafetymovement.org/2013-patient-safety-summit/challenges-and-solutions/
Mr. Kiani also announced the winners of the inaugural Patient Safety Humanitarian Awards, created to recognize those who have done the most in helping get to zero preventable deaths by 2020. The Humanitarian Awards are open to doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, patient advocates, journalists, politicians, government employees, engineers... anyone who is having the biggest impact to improve patient safety. The 2014 winners are:
In addition, 20 medical technology companies pledged to make their devices interoperable so the patient data collected and displayed on their products are accessible for patients and clinicians. To date, 29 medical technology companies have made this public pledge.
"We are delighted that the efforts of these leading hospitals and medical technology companies have so far made a difference in the lives of so many people," Mr. Kiani said. "Together they have saved 1 and 601 lives so far. Our goal is to eliminate 200,000-plus preventable deaths by 2020. We have a long way to go to achieve our goal, but with more amazing people, hospitals and medical technology companies joining in this movement, we are confident we can achieve it. We are especially grateful for the support and expertise of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, which was key to helping make this year's Summit such a success."
"The Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit demonstrates the kind of progress that can be made when healthcare systems, patients and families, industry, government and nonprofit entities cooperate for the greater good - in this case saving more lives," said Dr. Mark R. Chassin, President and CEO of The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.
For more information please visit http://patientsafetymovement.org.
About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, to reduce that number of preventable deaths to 0 by 2020 (0x2020). Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payors. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems and solutions of patient safety. The Foundation also convenes Patient Safety, Science and Technology summits. The first annual Summit was held in January 2013 and brought together some of our nation's best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact recipes to meet patient safety challenges, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data for whom their products are purchased, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020. Visit www.thepatientsafetymovement.org.
About the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare
Launched in 2009, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to transform American health care into a high-reliability industry that ensures patients receive care that is consistently excellent and consistently safe. The Center's participants - the nation's leading hospitals and health systems - use a proven, systematic approach to analyze specific breakdowns in care, discover their underlying causes and then develop targeted solutions for health care's most critical safety and quality problems. The Center is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, which shares the Center's proven effective solutions with its more than 20,000 accredited and certified health care organizations. Learn more about the Center at www.centerfortransforminghealthcare.org.