Bruce E. Hirsch MD
Developed for the PSE Fund 2017
SPECIAL THANK YOU
Attendees Representing LI Community Nonprofit Organizations
are Eligible to Apply for a Grant from the PSE Fund
Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon), DPS (hon), FASHP
President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Bruce E. Hirsch, M.D.
FACP, AAHIVS, Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases
North Shore University Hospital
Edward Pollak, M.D.
Medical Director and Patient Safety Officer
Division of Healthcare Improvement
The Joint Commission
Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MPH, Adv Cert, MCHES
Associate Professor of Public Health
Robin E. Moulder, RN,BSN,MBA,CPHQ
Manager, Division of Quality & Safety
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
SPEAKERS FOR THE 2018 PATIENT SAFETY EDUCATION SPRING SYMPOSIUM
A study conducted in 2013 reports that as many as 400,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors. Another study in 2016 reports that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country.
Patients who are actively engaged in their care achieve the best treatment outcomes. The Long Island Patient Safety Education Fund, through a grant process, will give recipient organizations funding to develop patient safety initiatives designed to support the communities they serve.
A widespread lack of awareness about patient safety means higher incident rates, wasted time, and mounting costs for patients and for the United States healthcare system. Patients need help learning to prevent infections, use proper precautions when taking medication, and mitigate any other healthcare-related risks. Communication between healthcare professionals and patients is essential in closing the gap between harm and safety. Patients need to understand that they are active participants in the quality of their treatment and care. It is important to equip patients and their loved ones to be proactive in their communication, education, and self-advocacy and to provide them the resources they often commonly lack.
The Long Island Patient Safety Education Fund affords organizations the opportunity to address such needs within their own areas of expertise. Many organizations will qualify, such as those supporting people with special medical needs, low-income communities, low-literacy adults, and any nonprofit with a focus on a unique health care need associated with their membership.