Clinton To Address World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation & 42nd President of the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the 4th annual

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World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, January 22-23, 2016 at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, Dana Point, California.

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This is the 4th year that President Clinton has participated in the Summit.

The Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation said their Patient Safety Movement began as a commitment to zero preventable deaths by 2020 at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in 2012.

“This summit is not just about information – it’s about commitment and action. We confront the biggest patient safety challenges and co-develop and share tested solutions that can dramatically improve patient safety and significantly reduce cost of care.”

He said, they were honored to have leading institutions from many countries join the movement including Brazil, England, Germany, Mexico, Scotland, and Spain.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately one in ten patients are harmed while receiving hospital care in a developed country. Hundreds of millions of patients are affected worldwide each year. Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. WHO notes that 20%-40% of all health spending is wasted due to poor-quality care.

Safety studies show that additional hospitalization, litigation costs, infection acquired in hospitals, disability, lost productivity and medical expenses cost some countries as much as $19 billion annually, and in the US, a whopping one trillion dollars. Industries with a perceived higher risk such as aviation have a much better safety record than health care – 1 in 1 million chance of a traveler being harmed while in an aircraft compared to 1 in 300 chance of a patient being harmed during health care.

At the 2016 Summit in January 22, and 23, attendees will announce commitments and review the latest Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS).

Two new patient safety challenges will be addressed: airway safety and optimizing obstetric safety. Emergent emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU) hospital airway intubations are high-risk procedures in which failure can result in preventable death or permanent disability impacting children, adults and seniors.

The Patient Safety Movement, in addition to the Humanitarian Awards, will also present three winners of the 2015 Patient Safety Movement Innovation Award when winners will receive prizes totaling $85,000 for process or product innovations that will make significant strides toward eliminating preventable deaths in hospitals.

Source: newsghana.com.gh

 

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