Simple procedures like hand washing and having a double check system can prevent a large number of mistakes from occurring in the first place.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 10, 2012
788,558—that’s the number of deaths in the United States caused by medical errors and hospital acquired infections (HAIs) in 2009¹. That’s 33% of all deaths in America that year. To make matters worse, this has been the case for over a decade and no major improvements have been made to fix the problem.
William Charney, a Seattle-based consultant and author of “Epidemic of Medical Errors and Hospital Acquired Infections: Systemic and Social Causes,” along with the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, is holding a one-day conference on June 4th in Toronto, Ontario to address this epidemic. The conference will address some of the biggest contributors to the systemic and social causes of the epidemic of medical errors and HAIs in the US and Canada.
Along with William Charney, a 30-year expert as a health and safety officer in healthcare, speakers include: Joe and Terry Graedon, Kathleen Bartholomew, and Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU), along with several other influential members of the US and Canadian healthcare community.
Speakers at the conference will address issues such as for-profit care and factory medicine, staffing ratios, under reporting, shiftwork and working conditions, bullying in the workplace, as well as the ethical implications if the medical community allows this epidemic to continue.
While all medical errors cannot be prevented, simple procedures like hand washing and having a double check system can be put in place to prevent a large number of mistakes from occurring in the first place. At the conference, speakers and contributors will be discussing possible next steps to be taken in the healthcare community. An open discussion will be held at the end of the conference and input will be noted and used for further actions.
To register for the conference or for more information, please visit the OCHU website: http://www.ochu.on.ca/conferences_conventions.html. Every registrant will receive a free copy of William Charney’s book “Epidemic of Medical Errors and Hospital Acquired Infections: Systemic and Social Causes.”
Sponsoring the event, The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) includes 30,000 CUPE hospital, long-term care, ambulance and central laundry workers in 120 bargaining units across Ontario. In 2002 and 2003, OCHU was involved in an ambitious public education and action campaign known as the “Campaign Against For-Profit Health Care.” This campaign tour was a joint project between OCHU, the Ontario Health Coalition and the Council of Canadians.
William Charney, is a nine-time published author of healthcare safety books. He has also published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in the field. For five years, Mr. Charney was a safety officer at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. For ten years, he was the director of environmental health at the Department of Public Health in San Francisco. Then for five years, he was a safety coordinator for the Washington Hospital Association. For the last ten years, he has been a consultant in the field of occupational health.
1. Charney, William. "Epidemic of Medical Errors and Hospital Acquired Infections: Systemic and Social Causes". New York: CRC Press, 2012. Page 2.