Every Patient Matters, an IHI Patient Activist member on Facebook, writes:
Imagine a hospital where a patient who says they feel unsafe is asked, what’s wrong? What can we do to make you safer? Rather than being flagged as difficult. So many times, it’s the hospital that is wrong. I don’t care if you think I’m unsafe, you should care that I feel unsafe and help me feel safer by addressing my concerns as if they were as important as your own.
What would a “right to safe care” look like? Imagine, for a second, what it would be like, if a patient really had a right to feel safe in the hospital, like they have the right to feel safe in their workplace, at least according to Canadian law. You can call in the labour inspector to a factory, but where is the patient safety inspector in a hospital? I want one and I want their number. And I don’t want them working for the hospital.
Oh yeah, I want a patient safety inspector too. Wish I woulda thought of this; it’s huge.