Hospital Leaders Don Gowns for Patient Safety

In a show of solidarity with our patients, Dr. Brian Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Tony Lindsey, Chief Medical Officer, took to the halls of UNC Hospitals wearing patient gowns last week. This coincided with Patient Safety Awareness Week, which is an important opportunity for us to acknowledge our critical mission of providing high-quality, safe care for our patients. In the end, we are ALL patients, and our leaders are committed to listening to our patients’ voices, to providing top-notch healthcare, and to eliminating patient harms.

Hospital Leaders Don Gowns for Patient Safety click to enlarge In a show of solidarity with our patients, Dr. Brian Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Tony Lindsey, Chief Medical Officer, took to the halls of UNC Hospitals wearing patient gowns last week for Patient Safety Awareness Week.

There are many reasons for ALL of us to be engaged. Among these:

  • By conservative estimates, medical errors cause the deaths of 44,000 to 98,000 hospital patients each year.
  • 1 in 10 hospitalized patients experience a hospital-acquired condition, such as a pressure ulcer or infection.
  • The Institute of Medicine has estimated that there are some 1.5 million adverse drug events in the U.S. every year.

Although we have done much work to prevent patient harm over the past decade, this work is gathering even more momentum, with tremendous efforts underway or planned across the medical center.  While improvements have been realized, the work of continually improving care will forever be ongoing.  Be on the look out for your opportunity to get involved. To learn more, please contact Erin Burgess, Performance Improvement Manager (erin.burgess@unchealth.unc.edu) or Dr. Tom Ivester, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Patient Safety (tivester@med.unc.edu). 

The National Patient Safety Foundation works to bring together and engage health care professionals and patients to help spread this important message.  For more information, see www.npsf.org.  

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