Patient Safety Movement Foundation Sets New Goal of Zero Preventable Deaths by 2030

Although the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) fell short of its goal to eliminate all preventable patient deaths by 2020, the global non-profit organization has now set its sights on accomplishing the feat by 2030.

Established in 2012, the PSMF has offered tools, resources, and guidelines to educate healthcare providers, industry professionals, patients, and families about reducing and eliminating preventable patient deaths. The group says it has helped save 366,353 lives since 2013, with commitments from 4,793 hospitals in 48 countries.

This week, Michael A.E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA, was named the PSMF’s new chairman of the board of directors, taking over for PSMF founder Joe Kiani. A board member since 2013, Ramsay is president of the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and is chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

“The Patient Safety Movement has achieved tremendous momentum in the eight years since its inception,” said Kiani in a release. “Kindling this important movement has been an enormous part of my life’s work, and I am thrilled to pass the torch to Dr. Ramsay to carry our shared vision forward into the future with passion and enthusiasm.”