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On September 21, 2001, 22 year old Michael Skolnik underwent unnecessary brain surgery that ultimately led to his death three years later. A study conducted by Health Grades Foundation in the U.S. suggests that medical errors are a major cause of death in this country, causing as many as 200,000 deaths each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that there are 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections each year resulting in 99,000 deaths – the leading cause of death in the United States. Preventable urinary tract infections number in the thousands and add an average of $40,000 to the cost of a hospital stay. Medication errors injure 1.5 million patients every year.
Our Mission at Citizens for Patient Safety is to educate ourselves and future generations to take action to protect our health and safety from medical errors. Read Michael Skolnik's Story
Our organization is contacting successful patient organization and asking them to share their experiences in the hopes that these early adaptors will inspire others to become patient advocates.
Be a driving force for consumer education, public awareness, and patient empowerment.
Provide valuable patient safety resources, tools, news and data to medical consumers.
Support and strengthen the representative voices and views of patients, families, and caregivers. Engage consumers as quality partners and build a diverse group of provider and health system champions to work in collaboration with patients.
Support the formation of a transparent system for the public to report medical events.
Give patients a voice in health care reform efforts via publishing articles in medical journals, creating improvement strategies and initiatives, and a national advocacy meeting