By Patricia Morrill
A recent press release announced the first meeting of a newly formed National Steering Committee for Patient Safety charged with creating a National Action Plan to accelerate progress in reducing preventable harm.
This National Committee is the result of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) combining efforts last year. Their Call to Action frames medical harm as an issue that affects all of society, demanding a coordinated response by the health care and public health sectors.
I have waited a long time to see in print the very first sentence of the Call to Action, which states “Preventable harm in health care is a public health crisis.”
Finally, we are getting national exposure that will raise awareness of the seriousness of preventable medical harm. Hopefully, this will lead to a mechanism to give healthcare leaders and members of the healthcare workforce the impetus to make the impact of harm more discussable.
A public health crisis takes all of us to make a difference.
We need the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety to lay out specific, actionable tactics to stop medical harm, and to increase knowledge sharing on coordinated care behaviors.
From healthcare leaders, we need the willingness to take the steps necessary to make this a strategic imperative throughout their healthcare systems, while providing the cultural training that there is nothing more important than keeping patients safe from harm.
From the general public, we need a commitment to take ownership of their own health care by speaking up, asking questions and seeking information for informed decision making.
Read the press release here http://www.ihi.org/about/news/Documents/IHI_National_Steering_Committee_052218_FINAL.pdf.
Check out the initiatives here http://www.ihi.org/Engage/Initiatives/National-Steering-Committee-Patient-Safety/Pages/default.aspx.
Stay tuned to my new blog site as I share my thoughts and insights on reducing preventable harm to help you and your colleagues make it more discussable.
I am passionate about spreading information to make preventable harm more discussable so we can reduce the poor statistic that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. By integrating Lean and Project Management methodologies, we can implement organizational change more rapidly.