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Improving Patient Safety

Every Life

Every Life saved is a step towards improving patient safety. We believe that by working together, we can make the greatest impact on helping save lives. Please join us in raising awareness about this important cause. 

I did not imagine that I would wake up in an intensive care unit and face a series of complications and mistakes that would change my body and life forever.

Betsy M. Cohen, CRC, LRC, CCM, ABDA
Betsy M. Cohen, CRC, LRC, CCM, ABDA

No one should die or be disabled due to preventable medical error

Betsy Cohen suffered what might have been a minor injury during a routine colonoscopy. This, however, touched off a series of events marked by poor teamwork and communications that translated into medication errors and a failure to diagnose sepsis. As a result, her life was irrevocably changed.

Laerdal’s Every Life campaign acknowledges lives lost or harmed due to preventable medical error and strives to connect all of us to the common goal of improving patient safety.

Please join us in raising awareness about this important cause. Every Life saved is a step towards improving patient safety. We believe that by working together, we can make the greatest impact on helping save lives.

To learn more about Betsy Cohen and to see how she has turned her experience into an opportunity for patient safety advocacy, please visit: Advocate, Educate, Communicate: What Patients Need to Know

A shared commitment to improving patient safety

At the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) we asked participants to join us in raising awareness about preventable medical error by sharing with us their vision of how they will strive to make an impact in 2017. We are honored join the healthcare community in the continued commitment to improving patient safety through simulation-based training and education. Here are the top three focus areas that attendees identified:

Recommended Reading

Read the iconic Institute of Medicine Report that changed how healthcare looks at patient error. 

To Err is Human: Building a Better Healthcare System

See how researchers at Johns Hopkins have concluded that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Explore how simulation is not only a practical solution to improving patient safety but is an ethical imperative to help providers avoid preventable medical error.

Thoughts on Patient Safety Education and the Role of Simulation

 Simulation‐Based Medical Education: An Ethical Imperative

 

Becker's Hospital Review routinely publishes the Top 10 patient safety issues.

Top 10 Safety Issues for 2015

1) http://www.bjmp.org/content/improving-communication-skills-using-simulation-training
2) http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/IPECReport.pdf
3) Patterson, D., Blike., George, Nadkarni, M, (2008) In Situ Simulation: Challenges and Results. Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches (Vol. 3: Performance and Tools). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2008 Aug.