Now there’s a website for patients and families that have experienced harm from medical errors: ifyouvebeenharmed.org. Launched by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), the site provides resources and tips to support patients and families in helping them navigate the often-challenging healthcare system and its processes.
“When preventable harm happens, patients and their families are often unsure about what to do or where to go for support and information,” said Dr. David Mayer, PSMF CEO. “This new website, created with guidance from patient advocates and healthcare professionals, connect patients and families with resources and support organizations that can help them during this very difficult time.”
The new site includes a list of support organizations, shares how patients could take action if they have been harmed, and a flow chart to help patients find their way to the right person with whom to discuss their concerns.
If your organization offers voluntary assistance to patients and families that experience preventable medical harm and want to be included in this list, contact PSMF at firstname.lastname@example.org. PSMF also offers the opportunity for patients to share their stories with others which helps individuals, as well as other patients, heal.
About Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Each year, more than 200,000 people die unnecessarily in U.S. hospitals. Worldwide, 4.8 million lives are similarly lost. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) is a global non-profit that offers free tools to help achieve ZERO preventable deaths from hospital errors. 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 ZERO. Improving patient safety requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. PSMF’s World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit brings together the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. Our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) provide evidence-based processes to help hospitals eliminate errors. Our Open Data Pledge encourages healthcare technology companies to share the data for which their products are purchased. Visit patientsafetymovement.org.