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Improving Patient Safety

Every Life

Every life saved is a step towards improving patient safety. We believe that by working together, we can make the greatest impact on helping save lives. Please join us in raising awareness about this important cause. 


Most people think it was the death of my first child, Michael in 1990, who bled to death from a tonsillectomy, that sent me into the work of patient safety, but that’s not true. The impetus was the feeling of helplessness years later when my youngest child needed surgery.

Ilene Corina, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy
Ilene Corina, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy

No one should die or be disabled due to medical error

Ilene Corina's work in patient safety began in 1996, after she was denied the opportunity to be involved in choosing the anesthesiologist for her son's surgery. Ilene's first child, Michael, died in 1990, from post-surgical blood loss.  After a period of painful reflection, Ilene concluded that better patient advocacy combined with a healthcare system more willing to listen could have saved Michael's life. When Ilene's second son needed surgery and she encountered similar challenges to advocating for her child's welfare, she became determined to promote a system where family members are considered part of the patient safety equation.

Laerdal’s Every Life campaign acknowledges lives lost or harmed due to medical error and strives to connect all of us to the common goal of improving patient safety.

Please join us in raising awareness about this important cause. Every Life saved is a step towards improving patient safety. By working together, we can make the greatest impact on helping save lives.

To learn more about Ilene Corina and to see how she has turned her experience into an opportunity for patient safety advocacy, please visit: Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy 

Share Your "I'm Possible" Story

Zero Harm: Impossible or “I’m Possible”?

Medical errors take the lives of 250,000 patients annually in the U.S., according to researchers at Johns Hopkins. The patient safety community has responded by committing itself to a goal of zero preventable harm by the year 2020. Simulation-based training is a key to achieving this goal. To help inspire the healthcare community about the importance of simulation we need your stories of success.

Let Ashley’s Story Inspire Yours

Ashley, fresh out of nursing school, raised the code blue bar when she drew on her simulation training to save her patient’s life. Her story exemplifies how simulation-based training can prepare someone to turn the seemingly impossible into an “I’m possible.”  You can read her story at (Link). We need your story like Ashley’s. Please support simulation’s role in improving patient safety by sharing your “I’m possible” story.

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We’ll tell your story for you! Please provide as many details as possible in response to the questions below, and we’ll craft a story that brings out the best in what you are doing.

Please provide a photo of you and/or your team. Action photos are strongly encouraged!

Recommended Reading

Read the iconic Institute of Medicine Report that changed how healthcare looks at patient error:

To Err is Human: Building a Better Healthcare System


See how researchers at Johns Hopkins have concluded that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.:

Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.


Explore how simulation is not only a practical solution to improving patient safety but is an ethical imperative to help providers avoid preventable medical error:

Thoughts on Patient Safety Education and the Role of Simulation

Simulation‐Based Medical Education: An Ethical Imperative


Becker's Hospital Review routinely publishes the Top 10 patient safety issues:

Top 10 Safety Issues for 2015


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